Sarah Lawrence College Theatre department and Health Advocacy Program presents a staged reading of the musical A New Brain, Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frances Ann Cannon Workshop Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. The play, directed by Theatre graduate student SuzAnne Wilson, is the semi-autobiographical story of playwright and composer William Finn, the Tony award winning composer/lyrist of Falsettos. The story centers around a frustrated composer who discovers that he has a brain disorder and must choose between his health and his work.
A panel will follow the reading to promote a forum of discussion regarding the role of Health Advocates in the lives of people coping with illness and injury and the close relationship between the expressive and healing qualities of the arts and science. “We want to illustrate the common themes in Theatre and Health Advocacy,” director SuzAnne Wilson explains. The panel will feature attorney and bioethicist Alice Herb of the Health Advocacy and Human Genetics faculty; Shirley Kaplan, playwright, director, designer and the Sarah Lawrence Theatre Program director; and Leah Olsen of the biology faculty at the college who specializes in neurobiology.
For more information and to RSVP, please call (914) 395-2371.