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The Emmy Award-winning star of General Hospital chronicles his astonishing and emotional life journey in this powerful memoir—an inspiring story of success, show business, and family, and his struggle with mental illness.
Maurice Benard has been blessed with family, fame, and a successful career. For twenty-five years, he has played one of the most well-known characters on daytime television: General Hospital’s Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. In his life outside the screen, he is a loving husband and the father of four. But his path has not been without hardship. When he was only twenty, Maurice was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH.
Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.
A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.
Nothing General About It includes a 16-page insert featuring approximately 50 photographs.
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A Book of Poetry by Wes Ramsey to be released on Halloween Day 2019!
Wes is thrilled to announce the imminent release of his newest collection of works INTO THE BLACK. After the successful launch of his first volume SALT & SAND in 2014 (which has now been retired to history), Wes has been preparing for this and is pleased to have finally arrived.
Once released, it will be available for purchase at WesRamsey.com !
About The Book!
INTO THE BLACK is a larger full volume of poetry, compiled of pieces written between 2002 & 2017. This volume is a raw look inside the journey between life’s struggles & the beauty of the gift within those struggles that make us who we are. It is an intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of an artist who has endured.
TAMARA BRAUN TO STAR IN PLAY DIRECTED BY RONNIE MARMO
A therapy session erupts into full blown mental anarchy, as a “Doctor’s” office is suddenly commandeered by patients without appointments, insurance, homes, or an ability to survive in the real world– Nobody, including the Therapist, has a name, let alone a game-plan to navigate life’s journey, including one patient who wears a “horse head,” to “stay in character” for his role in a community theater production of “Equus.” The Therapist questions her own training/education, and
Sis reminded by the various patients, that they too believe, she is slightly unprepared for this line of work.
Politics, social issues, show biz are all topics that are attacked with blasphemy and rapid fire retorts, that somehow is reminiscent of Beckett on steroids… It becomes apparent very early, that there is a thin line that separates those that inhabit the Therapist’s chair, with those that sit opposite, and ultimately a lesson is taught and learned, regarding the fragility of life, and the inner battle to decide when “enough is enough.”
SOURCE: Theater 68