By Randi Somers
Pier One’s final show of the season is a rock musical, “Next to Normal” by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, directed by Marc Oliver.
With a cast of only six, the show follows the treatment of a mother’s severe case of bipolar disorder, ranging from drug regimens to hypnosis to electro shock therapy, documenting the impact her illness and treatment has on her family, according director Marc Oliver.
The play features Pier One regulars Emerson Quarton, Marc Oliver, Jacob Mayforth and Maura Gibson. Jessica Williams debuts in the title role. Kevin Ray Johnson, a professional actor from the East Coast is flying up to Alaska after finishing a repertory production of this show in Pennsylvania to perform here.
It is in the same style as Rent, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010.
With an intense storyline, a live orchestra and moving music, Pier One concludes its summer season with a big flourish. The play is rated PG 13 for strong language and intense situations. Show dates are Aug. 17, 18, 19 and Aug. 23, 24, 25, 26 , all starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission with discounts available. For information and reservations call 235-7333 Advance tickets can be bought at the Homer Bookstore.
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