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'Family Cabins' Explores Family Dynamics And Mental Health

Irwin Rosenblum / Courtesy

Irwin Rosenblum / Courtesy

"Family Cabins" is a new production from director Leo McElroy. It dives into the complications surrounding mental illness and family relationships.

The story follows main character Jane, who returns from a yearlong trip through Europe to her adopted family at a cabin in the Sierras. But she’s stopped taking her bipolar medication. Her mood and mental health evolves over the course of the trip, forcing her family to adapt.

The show, the first production for the new Howe Ave Theater Company, is produced in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sacramento. NAMI Sacramento Director David Bain and playwright Irwin Rosenblum discuss the complicated issues at play. 

"Family Cabins" runs at the Howe Ave Theater from Feb. 23 to March 10.

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