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Emeriti program explores controversial topics

Dec. 3, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The next meeting of the Western Michigan University Emeriti Council will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Walwood's Emeriti Lounge.

Photo of WMU Theatre's production of Good Death.The program will be a performance of an excerpt from last year's University Theatre production of "Good Death," accompanied by a discussion of the play's topic by Dr. Joan Herrington, professor and chair of theatre.

"Good Death" is an original collaboration, created entirely by WMU theatre students and members of the acclaimed Techtonic Theatre Project. It is a result of intense research conducted the students, and explored and analyzed in rehearsal under the direction of the theatre project.

The production explores the hard questions and emotional conflict behind euthanasia, terminal illness, aging, medical ethics and other controversial topics.

The script is compiled from verbatim interviews with terminally ill patients, spiritual leaders, players in the Dr. Kevorkian trial, advocates of euthanasia, the anti-euthanasia contingent, medical professionals and others. Court transcripts from the Kevorkian trial have also been incorporated.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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