Grief Dialogues: The Play
Seattle Performances: June 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 2018
18th & Union Theatre
1406 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Bainbridge Island Performances: June 15, 2018
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
GRIEF DIALOGUES: THE PLAY BACKGROUND
To create a production of Grief Dialogues for the stage, we knew the show had to include a variety of voices as well as diverse grief stories. We worked with playwrights around the country for two years to bring together the six short plays that comprise the complete script.
Submissions numbered approximately 180. Eighty of those submissions went on to the semi-finals, and from those, our finalist list contained 20 different short plays from playwrights around the United States. The Grief Dialogues Advisory Council evaluated each play based on its adherence to our mission of erasing the stigma of dying, death and grief, and its ability to engage a diverse audience. Those 20 short plays became the “library” of plays for each Grief Dialogues production.
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.
In fact, the show was so well-received, we decided to produce it again in Seattle, this time for a longer run, and to bring it to Bainbridge Island. The director, crew and entire cast return to the show in June.
After each performance, a grief counselor and/or end-of-life expert speaks to the audience and answers questions about dying, death and grief. The post-play discussion last September was actually longer than the entire performance!
In summary, death is at the core of human experience. By encouraging conversations and shared storytelling, we help ourselves (and others) process and heal. We embrace Death’s commonality and inevitability.
With your help, we can shift our death-phobic culture and bring relief to those struggling through grief.
Interested in bringing the play to your city or town? We'd love to help you start your own conversation around dying, death, and grief.
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