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  • Conceived & Directed by Jessica Wallenfels
    With live music by Northwest Piano Trio and text by Emily Gregory
    Created in collaboration with actors JoAnn Johnson and Beth Thompson
    Tickets: $25 regular performances; $15 preview performances/students/seniors

    An aging mother's health teeters on the brink. Her adult daughter scrambles to find footing as her role shifts from child to authority figure. Death pounds at the door and they both wonder, could someone this pissed off actually be dying? Through an interdisciplinary blend of music, movement and theatrical storytelling, "The Undertaking", portrays end-of-life care of an elder using Dimitri Shostakovich's piano trio #2, played live by local ensemble Northwest Piano Trio. Incorporating original text by Emily Gregory along with the classical score, "The Undertaking", embraces the absurdity of the dance of death as it takes on the complicated questions which come with caregiving (and receiving). To accompany "The Undertaking", Many Hats will present a play reading created from The Art of Aging Project. Weaving together essays and interview responses from people over 65 about their own personal journey of aging, actor/director/deviser Camille Smicker has compiled and directed a choral work which allows us to hear from elders in their own words.

    Part of Fertile Ground: A City-wide Festival of New Works

    Run Time

    2 hours with 1 intermission