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28 JULY 2014​

The Brown Club of NYC invites you to...Brown Alumni Night at "Depression: the Musical (A Depressed Girl's Guide to Depression)" by Marianne Pillsbury ’94. We are offering Brown alumni a special discounted price of $7 per ticket for our Sunday, August 17th, 6:30 PM performance only. More info here:

The performance will be followed by a meet-and-greet with Marianne and the cast at Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop (, 129 Rivington Street, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Beer, wine, sandwiches and salads will be available for purchase.

27 APRIL 2014​

FringeNYC, here we come!
We are excited to announce that "Depression: The Musical" has been accepted into The New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. About 200 shows are selected from over 800 applicants. The festival runs from August 8 to 23 in various New York City venues. Performance dates and venue TBA.

18 JULY 2013​

Fundraising continues
We have already raised $4,170 to fund the fringe festival debut of "Depression: The Musical" at PortFringe in Portland, Maine, last month which was a great success. 


Now we need to raise another $4,500 to stage a workshop performance in New York City. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, please do so directly through the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) here:

26 JUNE 2013​

PortFringe festival kicks off!

PortFringe, New England's only fringe festival, begins today. Check out the schedule of shows here:











We got some tech time yesterday at our venue, Geno's Rock Club (pictured), and 
we're very excited to fill the space with our "deet dee deets" and "ooh la las" for the fringe festival debut of"Depression: The Musical" on Saturday night!


For info on how to purchase tickets:


We've still got of lot of expenses that have not been covered, and you can help us out by making a tax-deductible donation through the New York Foundation for the Arts:

11 JUNE 2013​

Ten Dollar Tuesday

Today, we are asking anyone who knows someone who has been affected by depression to please donate $10 to "Depression: The Musical." Our mission is to present the subject of clinical depression in an entertaining, relatable, thought-provoking way that inspires, empowers and gives hope to others affected by depression.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in every 10 Americans suffers from depression (based on their findings released in April 2012).

Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005).

9 JUNE 2013​

RocketHub crowdfunding campaign ends June 15th

We are in the last 6 days of our campaign to fund the debut productions of "Depression: The Musical" on June 29th at the PortFringe festival in Portland, Maine, and on August 10th at Zeb's in New York City. We sure could use your support. Please visit to see the special goodies available at each level of giving. For a donation of $25, you get the choice of an invitation to the private NYC performance on August 10 or one ticket to PortFringe festival in Portland, Maine, (June 29) or a copy of The Wrong Marianne LP. So there's something for everyone, near and far! All donations are tax-deductible!

23 JULY 2014​

2 JULY 2013​

We had our first official meeting with the Depression: The Musical FringeNYC creative team last week! Including our new amazing Music Director, Micah Young, who was named Best Music Director at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2013! And our special guest Broadway choreographer, David Eggers! We've also got a new cast member, Hillary Maloney, joining the lovely Vanessa Theus and the lovely Hayley Bridgewater! And a stage manager, Charles Casano! Not to mention our director extraordinaire, Gretchen Cryer!
Depression rocks PortFringe!

Well, we did it! First fringe festival performance of "Depression: The Musical" at PortFringe was a success with a standing ovation (and not just from Marianne's family)!
















Marianne's Mom (pictured with her Dad) is being a really good sport about being prominently featured in the "Momversations" that Marianne has throughout the show. In fact, she has offered a lot of suggestions and ideas for the Momversations herself!


We've still got of lot of expenses that have not been covered, and you can help us out by making a tax-deductible donation through the New York Foundation for the Arts:

15 JUNE 2013​

RocketHub Campaign Results 

Thanks to the 60 funders who donated to our campaign to fund our first fringe festival performance on June 29th in Portland, Maine, we raised $4,170. This will be enough for us to do a scaled-down production, more like a staged reading, at PortFringe -- i.e. no frills, piano and vocals only (not full band), reading from scripts, minimal staging and costumes. But never fear, we had the first two rehearsals with the cast and we will still rock PortFringe!


Since we did not raise the original

$12,000 budgeted for the campaign, which included expenses for an NYC performance on August 10th, we will continue to raise money to fund the NYC performance which will serve as a backers audition for producers who could help us raise money for a run at an NYC theater.


You can still donate to the project through the New York Foundation for the Arts' fiscal sponsorship website, Artspire, though there won't be fun rewards like with RocketHub. Make your tax-deductible donation here:

10 JUNE 2013​

Introducing the cast for PortFringe performance

We are excited to have pianist/musical director Michael Thomas Murray on board; he has played in many of our favorite pop-rock musicals like Little Shop of Horrors, The Who's Tommy, Rocky Horror Picture Show and most recently in a show he co-created called Echoes of Etta: A Tribute to Etta James. Playing "The Committee in Marianne's Head" a.k.a. the 60s-girl-group-style singers who will also be serving up some dialogue: the gorgeous and talented jazz vocalist, Marilyn Kleinberg, the gorgeous and talented jazz vocalist Marianne Solivan, the gorgeous and talented recent college grad Vanessa Theus, and the just plain gorgeous and talented Amber Poythress. We start rehearsing this week with director, Gretchen Cryer. To support the work of these talented folks, please visit and make a donation. See you in Maine!

8 JUNE 2013​

Depression rocks!
Welcome to the website of the darkly humorous but ultimately uplifting pop-rock musical about one woman's struggle to learn to live with her depression. The mission of "Depression: The Musical" is to present the subject of clinical depression in an entertaining, relatable, thought-provoking way that inspires, empowers and gives hope to others others affected by depression.



Make a tax-deductible donation to "Depression: 

The Musical" through New York Foundation for the Arts...

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