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MMC Fall Play Reading Explores End-of-Life Ethical Issues


Published Date8\28\2013
The Mount Marty College Theatre Department, in cooperation with the Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice, will be reading THE CLOAK AND THE BRIDGE, a recent play by new MMC Theatre faculty member Dr. Adrianne Adderley, on Sunday September 8th beginning at 7 pm in the Bistro Second Stage (Bede 127) on the Yankton campus. The play reading is free and open to the public.

In THE CLOAK AND THE BRIDGE, Mason Graves suffers serious injuries from a motorcycle accident which has left him unresponsive in a critical care unit. Mason's sister, Asura, finds it difficult to see her brother in so much pain and sides in part with Dr. Corby, who recommends palliative care for Mason. Mason's brother and wife take the Church's stand on the issue, that being Mason's life is in God's hands, not those of the doctor. Critical care nurse Paloma walks the tightrope between these positions as she serves the needs of Mason and the family members. The action of the play bounces between the hospital room to "darkness", where Mason’s reality is revealed.

Following the reading of the play a discussion will be held, led by playwright Adderley, Father John Rutten, Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Yankton; Dr. Susan Fanta, Internal Medicine, Yankton Medical Clinic; and Gayle Webert, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mount Marty College.

The Bistro Second Stage space is accessible by a flight of stairs only. For more information on the reading, please call Andy Henrickson, Director of Theatre, at 605-668-1533.