Manic Monologues

Sponsored by Center for Biomedical Ethics


Thursday, October 22, 2020
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
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Stanford PhD candidate Zack Burton and Stanford alumna Elisa Hofmeister created the play in the wake of Burton's bipolar diagnosis in May 2017 at Stanford. 

Featuring a discussion with: Dr. Omar Sahak and Dr. Rona Hu

Zach and Elisa are delighted to (virtually) bring these stories back to Stanford in collaboration with a team including wonderful individuals across the continent: actor and head of finance Emery Ahoua; Broadway producer, resident producer of McCarter Theatre Center, and multiple Tony Award-winner Debbie Bisno; Canadian mental health advocate Victoria Maxwell (as seen in NYT, WSJ, and with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN — and who in a past life acted alongside the likes of Johnny Depp and John Travolta); mental health, Black Lives Matter, and gun control activist and BET Future 40 honoree Kenidra Woods (as seen on the cover of Teen Vogue); Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, and award-winning author Dr. Stephen Hinshaw; and editor of two Pulitzer-winning pieces and ghost writer/editor of multiple New York Times bestsellers Tom Shroder.

And, a team including a diverse cast of individuals right here at Stanford: associate dean of the School of Medicine, former director of Stanford's psychiatric inpatient unit for 20 years, founder of CHIPAO (theatrical vignettes on Asian American mental health), and advisor to season 1 of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why Dr. Rona Hu; Pulitzer Prize finalist and highly acclaimed playwright Amy Freed; and Emmy Awardee, clinical assistant professor, debunker of COVID-19 misinformation, and director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative Dr. Seema Yasmin.

And finally, this production would not be possible without the contributions of dozens of brave storytellers from around the world. 

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