An aging mother’s health teeters on the brink. Her adult daughter scrambles to find footing in her new role as caregiver. Death pounds at the door and they both wonder, could someone this pissed off actually be dying? The Undertaking portrays end-of-life care using theater, dance and Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano trio #2, played live by Northwest Piano Trio musicians Heather Mastel-Lipson, Susan McDaniel and Hannah Hillebrand. Presented as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work.
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$25 regular performances
$15 preview performance and all student/seniors
January 25-27 at Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis Street.
January 25th at 8pm
January 26th at 7:30pm
January 27th at 7:30pm
February 2-3 at Lincoln Recital Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Room 75.
February 2nd at 7:30pm
February 3rd at 2:00pm
Conceived and directed by Jessica Wallenfels
With text by Emily Gregory
Created in collaboration with actors JoAnn Johnson and Beth Thompson
Musicians - Hannah Hillebrand, Heather Mastel-Lipson, Susan McDaniel
Scenic design - Kaye Blankenship
Costume design - Jenny Ampersand
The Undertaking is presented with a new play reading created from The Art of Aging Project. Weaving together essays and interview responses from people over 65, Camille Smicker directs a choral work read by local actors, created from elders speaking in their own words.
This piece is generously supported by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Actor photos by Gary Norman feature Beth Thompson and JoAnn Johnson.
Northwest Piano Trio photo by John Green. L-R Heather Mastel-Lipson, Hannah Hillebrand, Susan McDaniel.