Starring: Julie Ridge
Stage Manager: Janet Friedman
BIPOLAR & THE ENGLISH CHANNEL is the story of how a casual mile-a-day pool swimmer became and English Channel swimmer in nine short months, and how that zig-zag journey across the grey murky seas has paralleled a life with bipolar disorder. It is a simple, personal tale told in Two Acts. Act I is the Channel saga and culminates on my 25th Birthday, with charting of my 17 hour 55 minute swim from England to France. Act II is a cautionary tale of depth-defying, suicidal depressions and dangerous manias that spanned my lifetime – until one fateful day when I flew up into an almost fatal manic episode. After 21 hellish days on a NYC psychiatric ward, I vowed never to repeat the experience.