“Out of 84 productions in seven seasons, Clinically Un-Depressed is the only show we have done twice. The audience response is overwhelming.” john daniels, jr. – Director of Playhouse Smithville
Clinically Un-Depressed is a two act dramatic comedy where Cole Black, a boy with a chemical imbalance which renders him unable to be sad or angry, changes everyone around him. The story is told from the perspective of a Vietnam veteran, Millard Anderson, who is the grumpy old man of the neighborhood. His main pleasure in life is yelling at kids from his front porch. Most kids run, but Cole sticks around, starts talking to him and transforms Millard’s miserable life into something wonderful. Cole’s father, Blake Black, a high-strung lawyer, is psychologically abusive to his wife and Cole. But, to Cole, his father is a source of fascination as he tries to understand the emotions which are a mystery to him. Because Cole responds differently, people have to respond to him differently. The school bully becomes his best friend, the uppity girl becomes his girlfriend, he becomes his boss’s go-to person for how to run a business and other lives are changed.
If you would like to read the script or would like rights to perform the play, please reach out through the contact form or email sales at willholcombauthor.com.
Indra’s Awarehouse – September 29 & 30 Austin, Texas
Indra’s Awarehouse is a fabulous space for all sorts of performing arts activities. Randi Southard saw the show in Smithville and said everyone needs to see it. With that in mind, she has generously offered her place as the first Austin venue for Clinically Un-Depressed. This will be a Playhouse production with most of the original cast.
More to come!
A common reaction we get after a Clinically Un-Depressed show is something like, “This needs to be in New York” or a variation of that. People simply love the show and the message of the show. In our time of increased agitation and anger, Clinically Un-Depressed lets us all know, we have a choice about how we live our life and how we respond to others. What is remarkable is the show delivers that message without ever preaching. The audience is thoroughly entertained the whole time. This is why Indra’s Awarehouse is bringing the show to Austin and we are in talks with other theatres to get it in their line up next season. This show creates buzz and gets people talking. We are just getting started, there is a lot more to come.
Playhouse Smithville – June 2015 Smithville, Texas
This was an amazing time. The owner of Playhouse Smithville, john danials, jr., read the first draft of my script and said he wanted to do it. We started rehearsals three weeks before the show started. That poor cast had a new script every night up until the end. As I watched john and the cast work magic with my words, I was able to rewrite the initial draft to become a play which left people stunned. Of the five shows, we sold out four of them and the cast took bows to standing ovations every night.
Playhouse Smithville – June 2017 Smithville, Texas
June 2017 ended Playhouse Smithville’s seventh season, with Clinically Un-Depressed closing the season. Of the 84 productions performed over those sever years, Clinically Un-Depressed was the only show ever repeated. People wanted it back. Ninety percent of the original cast was back and very excited to transform themselves into the roles they grew to love two years before.
Lyric Theater – June 2017 Flatonia, Texas
The Lyric Theater sat empty for almost fifty years. It was exciting to bring the show there and be part of its rebirth. We did two shows to laughs, tears and standing ovations.