2018-09-07 / Community

‘Depression’ to be staged at Mad Horse

Mad Horse Theatre’s By Local series is back with a staged reading of “Depression: The Musical,” (A Depressed Girl’s Guide to Depression) by Marianne Pillsbury, at 7:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Mad Horse Theatre, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested price of $10. Tickets are available at the door only.

It is directed by Mad Horse company member Christine Louise Marshall. Emma Stanley is music director and the cast features artists Grace Fosler, Amanda Eaton, Joanna Clarke, and Vi Va.

“Depression: The Musical,” is a darkly humorous pop-rock musical about falling apart and putting yourself back together.

The musical presents the difficult subject of depression in a humorous and ultimately uplifting manner, offering an insider’s guide to the issues that thousands of people with clinical depression face every day. Depression is often still a taboo subject, yet almost everyone has had experience with it. It’s a universally relatable topic that is both timely and timeless.

Pillsbury has created drama, singing and written her own songs since the age of 5. She debuted in “Annie” at age 10 and has been performing in theater productions including her own original works ever since. Pillsbury grew up in South Portland and graduated from South Portland High School in 1990. She went to Brown University where she majored in English and American literature and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education at Emerson College. After spending 20 years living and working in New York City, where she did everything from being an advertising copywriter to fronting a rock band, she returned to Maine in 2016.

“I am very excited to bring this new version of ‘Depression: The Musical,’ – without me playing the lead role –to Mad Horse in my hometown of South Portland, where I first fell in love with theater through performing in Portland Players and Lyric Theater productions,” Pillsbury said. “I am so grateful to Brent Askari for first bringing the show to the attention of Mad Horse; to Christine Marshall for treating it with the right combination of respect and irreverent humor and for understanding that there is meaning behind every punctuation mark in the script; and to Joanna, Amanda, Grace, and Vi Va for generously lending their incredible talent to it.”

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