On campus this fall, playwright and bioethicist Angeline R. Larimer will offer a two-part playwriting workshop and present a staged reading of her play The Spectrum of Letting Go. The workshop and the reading are the culmination of Larimer’s passion for using the theatre to advance empathy and inspire advocacy for healthcare reform.
The first part of the playwriting workshop — called “Converting Illness Narratives into Insightful Playscripts” — will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. It will introduce the fundamentals of playwriting and share illness narratives as a part of examining narrative medicine and clinical ethics. During the second part, “Workshopping the Play,” on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., participants will workshop short playscripts.
This playwriting workshop is open to all members of the HWS community, especially those with an interest in medical ethics, illness, healthcare and/or the theatre. Previous playwriting experience is not required for the workshop, but interested writers must contact Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May via e-mail with a short bio and 150-300 word explanation of why they are interested by Tuesday, Sept. 10. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be able to attend both workshops.
On Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall Room 200, the HWS Theatre Department will present the first-ever staged reading of Larimer’s play The Spectrum of Letting Go. Segments of this play were read at this summer’s Indy Convergence, where Larimer and May held residencies. The HWS staged reading grew out of this collaboration and will be directed by May and feature members of the HWS and Geneva communities.
The Spectrum of Letting Go is a comic drama set at a lake house where Vietnam War veteran Robert has brought together his family for a final celebration of life and the painful revelation that he is stopping treatment for stage-four liver cancer and going into hospice. Haunted by the ghost of Robert’s late wife, who died of an overdose of alcohol and medicine decades earlier, and the deception of Robert’s daughter, who has been stealing his opioid medication, the family is forced to confront what it means to let go.
Admission for The Spectrum of Letting Go is free and open to the public.
Larimer — who teaches medical humanities & health studies, as well as playwriting, and playwriting and medicine at Indian University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) — holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Indiana University, an M.A. in bioethics and a certificate in medical humanities from IUPUI.
For more information about any of the events of Larimer’s residency, or to apply for a spot in the playwriting residency, please contact May (email@example.com or ext. 3876).