17 2024

RED LETTER EVENT: RIPTIDE: A Play About Mental Health

6:30PM - 8:30PM  

Mandell JCC Auditorium

Contact Anna MacDonald
(860) 761-7099

$ Cost $ 18.00



Come learn about Julie’s swim across the English Channel and subsequent mental health diagnosis. There will be a meet and greet with Julie in the Chase Gallery immediately following the show. Kosher refreshments will be served.

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.

RIPTIDE is written and performed by Julie Ridge. The staged reading in two acts was
first produced Off Broadway in NYC in 2018, reprised for the 2021 and 2022 United
Solo Festival Off Broadway, and performed at Temple Israel in Sharon Mass and the
Sedona Festival in 2023."

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