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Good Death

Sat 6th – Sat 13th Aug 2011

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“Do you have the right to choose to die?”

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Western Michigan University Dept. of theatre

SUMMARY

“Prepare for an evening that will challenge notions about how a play is created and performed,

as well as preconceptions about life's final rite of passage.” MLive.com

Do you have the right to choose to die? Could you pull a plug? Is helping some one die an act of compassion or a

crime? Is there a judgement day?

In collaboration with the Tectonic Theater Project (creators of The Laramie Project), the students of Western Michigan

University confront the decisions that govern the end of life. Watch a video promo here. In the wake of the recent

death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and as the world debates the right to die, GOOD DEATH brings the controversial

conversation to Edinburgh this summer. The script is compiled from verbatim interviews with the principal players in

Jack Kevorkian's murder trial, pro-choice and pro-life activist leaders, medical professionals, religious leaders, the

terminally ill, and ordinary citizens who have had extreme relationships with impending death. GOOD DEATH considers

what it means to live life to the fullest or to choose to die.

THE PROCESS

Working with members of the Tectonic Theater Company (The Laramie Project), the students of Western Michigan University’s Theatre Department

began researching the life and work of the recently deceased Dr. Jack Kevorkian, aka Dr. Death. Following Tectonic’s documentary process, students

interviewed Kevorkian’s colleagues, patients, friends, and adversaries. They then expanded their research to include hospice workers, clergy, prolife

and pro-choice activists and those living with terminal illness. This research led to a community conversation about human rights and death.

Watch a video on the creation of GOOD DEATH.

Working in the methodology used to create THE LARAMIE PROJECT the actors and designers began piecing together parts of the play at first using

images then expanding to sounds, movement, song and text. Out of these moments evolved a compelling and emotional exploration about our right

to die.

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE

Western Michigan University Department of Theatre is thrilled to be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2004, this award-winning

department of theatre won critical acclaim at the festival for their ground breaking production of WOMEN OF TROY: WOMEN OF WAR. Devised by the

company, this politically charged venture played to sold-out audiences and was rated four of five stars by festival paper Three Weeks. In 2008, the

Department of Theatre’s production of SEVEN PASSAGES: STORIES OF GAY CHRISTIANS was invited to the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England

to perform for the leadership of the Anglican Church. The department is the recipient of consistent critical acclaim and many awards including three

invitations in five years to perform at the Region III American College Theatre Festival and two invitations to perform at The Kennedy Center.

TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT

Tectonic Theater Project is an award-winning company founded in 1991 by Moisés Kaufman and Jeffrey LaHoste whose plays have been performed

around the world. The company is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue

with our audiences on the social, political and human issues that affect us all.

Its ground-breaking plays, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE and I AM MY OWN WIFE, have sparked

national discourse about their subjects and have inspired artists and audiences worldwide. National and international reviews have called their work

“nothing short of stunning. Not to be missed.” (New York Magazine).

Admission: £5(£4)

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