2006-2007
2008-2009

The Shadowbox

May 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 8 pm
May 8 at 2 pm

by Michael Cristofer

Directed by Peter Kates
 

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"There are five different stages that a person will go through when he faces the fact of his own
death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages will last for different periods of
time, they will replace each other, or exist at times side by side. . . But the one thing that usually persists
through all these stages is hope". (E. Kübler-Ross)


A common first reaction to any proposal to perform (or to see) this play is "Why ever would
anyone want to be involved with such a depressing experience?" And yes, there is a sadness in
death and in the facing of one's own mortality. But the play as a whole is an affirmation of the
value of life, and of leaving life with grace and dignity. This is easier to comprehend now than it
was nearly forty years ago, when the modern hospice movement (which owes much to the analysis
of Kübler-Ross quoted above) was in its infancy. Today, there are probably few people who have
not had direct or indirect experience with Hospice.

Cast

The Interviewer: Glenn Ryan
Joe: Sean Keegan
Steve: Nicola Lynch-Collier
Maggie: Valerie Grande
Brian: Brian Wolfe-Leonard
Mark: Brian Balduzzi
Beverly: Sharon Evans
Agnes: Eve Montague
Felicity: Lorie Walsh