14 2024

RED LETTER EVENT: RIPTIDE: A Play About Mental Health

2:00PM - 5:00PM  

Mandell JCC

Contact Anna MacDonald
(860) 761-7099

$ Cost $ 0.00

Julie Ridge is bringing her one-woman act to West Hartford! Listen to Julie's journey with a mental health disorder, followed by Q&A. Suggested for audiences ages 13+.

"On September 9th, 1982, on her 25th birthday, Julie Ridge became the 242nd person to
swim from England to France. In April of 1991 Ridge unceremoniously received a
diagnosis of bipolar disorder I and was hospitalized for 21 days. Act I of RIPTIDE tells
the story of how a casual mile-a-day pool swimmer became an English Channel
swimmer in nine short months and her 17 hour, 55 minute zig-zag journey across those
grey murky seas. Act II tells the less glamorous story of a world-record holding
endurance athlete/author/Broadway actor, who wakes up one not-so-fine day floridly
manic, locked down on an unforgiving NYC psychiatric ward - and her arduous journey
back to sanity and a fulfilling life."

Sponsor: The Mandell JCC and Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford