Directed by Susan Irish


Friday, 11/15 @ 8PM

Saturday, 11/16 @ 8PM

Sunday, 11/17 @ 2PM


Brad Church
Jordyn Siepker
Laura Sparks
Ashley Schaeffer
Emily Davis
Edward Vasquez
Gabriela Fuentes
Mary Shipley
Kiera McGregor
Jen Green
Patricia Uy-Westland
Shane Donegan
Jake Leiberton
DC Felton
Sage Johnson
Greg Blumhagen


Franklin Jr High, DSM

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A note from the Artistic Director

The Manic Monologues is a brand new work, developed at Stanford University, and Open Door Rep has secured the rights to the second ever performance. In the vein of The Vagina Monologues, this script takes on the stigma and taboo of mental illness, telling real stories that will challenge the audience’s assumptions on what it means to live with mental illness in today’s society.

We have a truly open audition for this – there are no presumptions in casting and welcome all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations. You will not see character descriptions/actor “types” needed on this notice: mental illness is non-discriminatory in its affliction, and we hope to be able to reflect that in the casting as best we can. It is also important to note that while we very much believe in sharing any financial benefit with our casts and crews, all profits from this show will be donated to NAMI of Greater Des Moines (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

We hope you can help us tell the story and push the conversation on this crisis forward.
— Josh Visnapuu