"Bahati presented a tour de force that galvanized the room."
-John Hoglund (BACK STAGE - New York)
This is the story of how mental illness stole her life and how she took her life back!
Wambui Bahati, a.k.a. John-Ann Washington, tells the real story in
BALANCING ACT - THE MUSICAL
". . . a sometimes humorous, yet always honest true story of how mental illness (severe bipolar disorder) stole Wambui's life - and how she took her life back!" - The inspiration for the book, You Don't Know Crazy
In this one-woman musical, Wambui shares her powerful story of growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina and launching a theatrical career on Broadway, only to have her success cut short by mental illness.
At times hilariously funny and always relentlessly honest, Balancing Act presents an intelligent, informative portrayal of bipolar mood disorder and its effects on Bahati's self-esteem, career, relationships and day-to-day coping.
From her ordeal, she emerges with strength and awareness of an inner power she did not know she had. Wambui 're-invents' herself, becomes healthy, happy, and an inspiration for others.
"Congratulations on an outstanding success. Everyone in our group of 5 (including 3 psychiatrists) thought the performance was wonderful. Ms. Bahati struck a spectacular balance between educating and entertaining, in my judgment the highest purpose of theater. She has put her life in the service of others doing what she does best, and it works. I would recommend it to anyone."
Dr. Reifler is chairman of the Department of Psychiatry &
Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Wambui's story of
Natural Mental Health Recovery as submitted to
NaturalNews.com for their
Natural Recovery Video Contest
“Balancing Act is powerful and funny and moving, and tells the story of bipolar mood disorder without prettying it up,” said Beth Melcher, executive director of NAMI of North Carolina. “Besides portraying the disorder so well, the story is a story anybody can relate to.”
"Four Hundred people packed the Wayne Community College Auditorium for “Balancing Act.” Ms. Bahati’s dynamic and moving performance elicited several rounds of applause, and the audience gave her a standing ovation."
Wayne Community College