A musical in one act

Book by Marian Partee

Lyrics by Patricia Zhentmayr

Music by Patrick Burns

Bipolar songwriter Hannah Johnson lands in a psychiatric hospital due to her little habit of attempting suicide. Dr. Joan Ward leads a group therapy session with Hannah and the other residents—various “madwomen” from history—Vivien Leigh, Zelda Fitzgerald, Camille Claudel, Mary Todd Lincoln and Juana “La Loca” of Castile. When the doctor role-plays the famous men in their lives, the patients confront passions that drive them to the brink of madness. The historic women remain undone, but Hannah begins to heal. She accepts her disorder and embraces treatment. She leaves her pop star boyfriend who took advantage of her talent. Now she will sing her own song.

The writers developed the piece in association with UC Irvine and New Musicals, Inc. UC Irvine presented a staged reading and then a workshop production of the piece.

Cast: 7 women

Running time: 90 minutes

The cast of the workshop production at UC Irvine