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Mental illness in the spotlight

From NPR’s Talk of the Nation, The Tony award-winning musical Next To Normal portrays a family struggling with mental illness and the treatments offered by modern psychiatry — with rock songs about Valium and bipolar disorder.

Listen to the show.

I just have to add my own two cents: I’m putting this show in the science and art category because in a way this play is an analysis of different popular treatments for mental illness. It’s not just scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for two hours; from what I’ve read it really does try to provide a (musical) analysis of mental illness and its current treatments.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.