Tangles: A Musical Play About Family and Dementia
Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and The New Theater of Medicine (TNTM) announce a staged theatrical reading with music of Jeffrey Allen Steiger’s Tangles. The story, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl, Tyler, follows her family as they try to come to terms with their evolving roles as caregivers for an aging relative and as navigators of a complex healthcare system. Tangles will be followed by a discussion focused on finding creative solutions and new paths of empowerment for patients, providers, and families. The ensemble of actors and musicians are professionals from top theaters throughout the Washington, D.C. region.
The performance is directed by TNTM Artistic Director Jeffrey Steiger. It features Kashi-Tara Barrett, Jenny Donovan, James Konicek, and Gloria Makino. Music is directed and arranged by Nathan Blustein and performed by Blustein on piano; Linda Bard oncello; and Steiger on guitar and ukulele.
Through the collaboration between a theater artist and a physician, TNTM seeks to advance and improve healthcare through innovative theater, inspired by the real world of medicine. TNTM combines the creative elements of professional theater with the rigorous standards of medical education to create unique theatrical pieces that critically examine the culture, dynamics, and practice of healthcare through both the lens of the patient and the provider.
The reading will take place on Monday, Oct. 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. It includes a discussion with TNTM Program Director, Charles Samenow, M.D., M.P.H. Reservations and photo IDs are required.
Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences sponsors exhibitions, film screenings, theatrical readings, the quasi-monthly salon called D.C Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), and other events that explore relationships among the arts and sciences. For more information, visit www.cpnas.org
The New Theater of Medicine’s mission is to advance and improve healthcare through innovative and interactive theater, inspired by the real world of medicine. It aspires to empower healthcare providers, patients, and families to creatively work together to reshape the culture of medicine.