WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
You, Me and Anxiety is a solo cabaret show, written and performed by Rachel Schmeling, on the subject of mental health. This show is part stand-up, part audience interaction, part musical journey, and part panic disaster. Schmeling takes her audience on a wild one-hour ride into the mental state of someone dealing with anxiety and panic disorder. Musical director is pianist Jody Shelton. In this cabaret, Schmeling looks back to pivotal moments in her life when anxiety took over and she had to deal with it, sometimes in song. These moments seemed normal enough, but each one is taken as an imminent threat to the character Schmeling plays, who is an exaggerated version of herself. Every one of them leaves her paralyzed in anxiety and fear. Her thoughts are narrated out loud and we learn more about the reasoning behind her anxiety attacks. The music of the piece varies in genre from contemporary pop to classic rock to mash-ups and more. The show ends with a heartfelt message from Schmeling.