The Well is a musical about depression and being bipolar that brings attention and awareness to those experiencing mental health issues in an entertaining, thoughtful, reverent way.
Characters in The Well
The Well follows main characters Lola Divine (1920s), Jack and Carole (1960s), and Rachel (modern-day) as they deal with their depression, or in the case of Jack and Carole, being in a relationship with someone suffering from manic depression.
The characters are plagued by the antagonist, Depression, in the three timelines, along with an MC (aka Life), who also portrays other characters in each timeline. The Dopamine Players (our answer to the Greek chorus) interact with the audience. Comedy, music, and a surreal circus-type atmosphere are used to offset dramatic moments that are poignant, heartbreaking, and hopeful.
Music of The Well
The music is stylized to the particular era in which the character(s) live, e.g., Lola’s music is reminiscent of Billie Holiday’s music, Jack and Carole’s songs are the rock of the 60s, and Rachael’s music is modern. Depression’s music is akin to what you hear in Cabaret or Chicago musicals and has a La Cage aux Follies feel.
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The Well brings more awareness about depression and its stigmas and builds dialogue around the multiple treatments available. The musical explores experiences with depression, manic-depression, and what it’s like to be involved in a relationship with someone who suffers from mental illness.