THE GRIEF DIALOGUES
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COCKROACH THEATRE
Directed by Sarah O'Connell
JOIN US FOR A ONE-TIME PERFORMANCE OF NEW PLAYS ABOUT COPING WITH LOSS
9/26/18 8 PM
Reflections on coping with loss offered in honor of 1 October
To create a stage production of Grief Dialogues, for two years, playwright Elizabeth Coplan worked with playwrights around the country to bring just the right mix for the first productions.
From 180 submissions, there were 80 semi-finalists, and used additional criteria to bring the finalist list to 20 different short plays. The Grief Dialogues Advisory Council evaluated each play based on its adherence to our mission of erasing the stigma around dying, death and grief, and the play's ability to engage a diverse audience. Those 20 short plays became our “library” to chose from when presenting each performance.
Grief Dialogues debuted on September 8, 2017, at the University of Washington, Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre, as the opening event of the Seattle Death Salon, co-sponsored by UW School of Social Work, the Order of the Good Death (Los Angeles), People’s Memorial (Seattle) and Grief Dialogues. This three-day-event brought Death Positive people from around the world. The play was the opening act for the Salon and often mentioned as the highlight of the weekend After each performance, a grief counselor and/or end-of-life expert speaks to the audience and answers questions about dying, death and grief.
Directed by Sarah O’Connell
SARAH O'CONNELL (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) came from San Francisco where she served as the Associate Artistic Director of Impact Theatre. She holds a Master of Drama degree in Directing from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD). Her work has been performed throughout the US, UK, Europe, and South America. Ms. O’Connell’s projects have included several regional and world premiere productions, and she is an alumnus of the West Coast and Chicago Director's Labs, and La Mama ETC in Umbria. In addition to teaching at UNLV and CSN, she has worked at a variety of professional companies including American Conservatory Theatre (The Difficulty of Crossing a Field), TheatreWorks, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Glasgow's Theatre Cryptic. Ms. O'Connell is a Member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). She is a Regional Editor for TheTheatreTimes.com , the Founding Executive Director of EatMoreArtVegas.com, and a 2018 nominee for the SDC Zelda Fichandler Award for Directing in regional theatre.
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