Legion of Honor (Gunn Theater) @ 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
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A provocative portrayal of R.D. Laing, the most controversial and well-known psychiatrist of his time, premiering with a panel of his friends, the famous physicist Fritjof Capra, Nita Gage, and Michael Guy Thompson.
Gnosis Retreat Center proudly presents The United States West Coast Premiere of Mad To Be Normal. Mad To Be Normal is the story of controversial Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing and the infamous anti-psychiatry experiment he ran at Kingsley Hall- a medication-free sanctuary which made headlines around the world. During the 1960s and 1970s Laing was an international celebrity. In Santa Monica, 4,000 people turned out to see him perform a lecture, a week after Bob Dylan had pulled in the same number. A radio journalist confidently referred to him as the white Martin Luther King. His books topped student reading lists the world over, as his language excited and enthralled them: a child born today stands a 10 times greater chance of being admitted to a mental hospital than to a university .perhaps it is our very way of educating them that is driving them mad [and] so- called normal men have in the last 50 years killed perhaps 100 million of their fellow normal men . It was opinions like these which turned the psychiatric establishment against him.This Premiere, best of all, will host a panel of friends of R.D. Laing; people who lived in the houses started by Laing, worked with him, and knew him intimately.This premiere is proudly presented by Gnosis Retreat Center and sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies PsyD department.
Tickets may be available on a first come first serve basis at the door, but only if they do not sell out online. We highly recommend purchasing tickets online in advance as there will be a price increase for door tickets and we cannot gaurantee that they will be availble. All proceeds from this event go to support Gnosis Retreat Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter to people going through psychological crisis.
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