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FROM THE START, CONSIDER THE FINISH, 2011
Milwaukee Public Theatre received a major grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to produce and tour an original musical play that helps families begin the often challenging conversation about end-of-life planning.
From the Start, Consider the Finish, presented by MPT in partnership with Voices Theater, told real-life stories in a statewide tour of ten venues in fall, 2011. We hope to be able to tour again in 2012.
Two actors played multiple roles in dramatic sketches. Original songs providee a unique approach to this subject. The 70-minute performance was informative, entertaining, and often humorous. It was followed by post-show discussions with professionals in elder care and accompanied by resource guides. In addition, a local actor participated in several scenes at each venue.
RESOURCE GUIDES Each includes references and resource lists:
Pocket guide to end-of-life planning by the Medical College of Wisconsin (large print document version)
Historical guide background and history of Western end-of-life care
Cultural guide to end-of-life issues among Wisconsin ethnic groups
Additional resource list: websites, tools, books, articles
A video recording was made on October 18. Call 414-347-1685 for more information.
The play by Rogers Keene was adapted from an award-winning book, The End of Life Advisor—Personal, Legal, and Medical Considerations for a Peaceful, Dignified Death by Susan Dolan and Audrey Vizzard.
What People Say...
“You've really developed a wonderful piece that combines education, facilitating conversation—and entertainment! I appreciate the opportunity to bring this quality level of programming to our students, scholars and community members.”
~Sue Braden, Managing Director, UWM Center on Age & Community
“Thank you forever for all of the love, blood, sweat and tears you have poured into bringing the spirit of the book to life and for making such a difference.”
~Susan Dolan, Author, The End of Life Advisor
“Learned a lot. . . Very informative. . .very interesting and helpful. . . Insightful. . . Enabled members of the audience to personalize the content. . . It was good to hear perspectives and stories from people in the community. . .It was therapeutic for others to speak about their experiences”
Free performances included:
Medford High School Red and White Theatre, Medford
Sponsored by Medford Memorial Health Center and Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.
Ogema Town Hall, Ogema. Sponsored by Ogema Area Our Town Association
Fusch Community Center, Reedsburg. Sponsored by Reedsburg Area Medical Center, St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo and Home Health United Hospice, Baraboo
People’s United Methodist Church, Oregon. Sponsored by People’s United Methodist Church. Panel speakers: Peggy Weber, RN, St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison; Dr. Bill Rock, MD, HospiceCare, Fitchburg; and Jon Claude Bartlett, Pastor, People’s United Methodist Church, Oregon.
Oak Park Place, Baraboo. Sponsored by Home Health United
Thompson Community Center, Appleton.
Sponsored by the Fox Valley Coalition for End of Life Care and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.
UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee. Sponsored by Center on Age and Community, UW-Milwaukee, Alzheimer's Association, and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare UW-M.
UWM Talk-back panelists: Dr. Dimitri Mills, President of DCM Management Consulting Corp., Evangelist Minister at AME Church; Dr. Jung Kwak, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare UW-M; Toni Kesler, Palliative Care/Quality Assessment & Performance Improvement Manager at Community Care, Inc.; Sue Moser, medical social worker at Froedtert Hospital, co-facilitator of Froedtert/Medical College of WI Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support group. Featured Actor: Mark Metcalf.
Rusk County Community Library, Ladysmith, Sponsored by Toad House
Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser. Sponsored by Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society—St. Croix Valley
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Sponsored by Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin.
Medical College Talk-back panelists: Moderator, Julia Uihlein, MA, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Pediatrics, Associate Director of Medical Humanities Program, MCW; Dr. Sean Marks, Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Palliative Care, MCW; Julie Owen, MCW Class of 2013, President, Pysicians for the Arts; Dr. Linda Blust, Assistant Professor, Inpatient Oncology Services, MCW; and the Featured Venue Actor: Susan Dolan, co-author of The End of Life Advisor, the book from which the play is adapted.
Photos: Voices Theater actors Rogers Keene and Nancy Campbell-Kelz, in and out of character.
The 2011 tour was funded in part from a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas and values. Additional support comes from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Donald and Barbara Abert Fund, the United Performing Arts Fund and all venue sponsors.
Slideshow (right) is taken from a videotape of the premiere in 2010.
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Artists with disabilities take aim at stereotypes throughout October as part of Tap the Potential—a celebration of the talent and vision of individuals with special needs. The project is coordinatedby Milwaukee Public Theatre and Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. Tap the Potential 2011 has its own webpage.
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Read a past Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on MPT's healing arts focus.