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A darkly humorous pop-rock musical about falling apart and putting yourself back together.



Therapy. Medication. Binge drinking. Codependency. A New York City singer/songwriter tries just about everything to overcome her depression. Will turning her struggle into a musical be the ultimate sign of recovery? Depression: The Musical (A Depressed Girl’s Guide To Depression) is a darkly humorous pop-rock musical about falling apart and putting yourself back together.

Based on the life experiences of the author, New York City singer/songwriter Marianne Pillsbury, the show tells the story of one woman’s journey to overcome depression. as narrated by the main character, backed by her 60s-girl-group-style Greek chorus also known as The Committee In Marianne’s Head.

Depression: 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.

The musical takes the audience through Marianne’s life, candidly showing her attempts to conquer depression with therapy, medication, alcohol abuse, and codependence, and the toll these attempts take on her relationships. The journey leads to Marianne discovering a way to live with depression by channeling her struggles into what she is most passionate about, songwriting.

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. The mission of “Depression: The Musical” is to present the subject of clinical depression in an entertaining way that inspires and gives hope to anyone affected by depression.   

Depression: The Musical is the brainchild of pop-rock singer/songwriter Marianne Pillsbury whose 2004 album The Wrong Marianne was named a Top 12 D.I.Y. Pick in Performing Songwriter Magazine. Her song "Boo Hoo" won Best Alt/Rock Song in The Great American Song Contest.  

The show has been created with the guidance and direction of award-winning legend of the one-woman-show format, Gretchen Cryer (I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road). The late rhythm & blues singer/songwriter Jimmy Norman also provided invaluable input and inspiration in its development.   

Depression: The Musical has had two readings in 2013 at the PortFringe festival in Portland, Maine, and the Fresh Fruit LGBTQ Arts Festival in New York, NY, and five workshop performances at The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) in 2014.

We are currently raising at least $2,000 to record five song demos for Depression: The Musical.

Funds cover expenses including...
-Recording engineer/mixer
-Musician & vocalist fees

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