Please join us on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a one-woman play Waltzing the Reaper, featuring professional actor Judith Gantly. The play will be followed immediately by a panel discussion and reception at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, 780 Timothy Road, Athens, GA. This free performance is sponsored jointly by the UUFA and Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Athens.
Waltzing the Reaper is a deeply moving – yet humorous – play, depicting a woman’s journey of her dying process, and her last opportunity to mend a broken family relationship. The play concerns a once-vital, still witty woman, Vera, who has been resuscitated despite her Living Will. Now she must depend on a relative she never liked to get her out of the hospital to home where she can make peace with her family and die with dignity under hospice care.
Judith Gantly has presented this play to rave reviews throughout the United States to audiences of medical professionals, hospice workers, caring communities and the general public.
Additionally, interested participants will have opportunity to write about and share their responses to the issues and questions that are brought forth through Waltzing the Reaper. Roger Bailey, who leads the widely praised Memoir Group for OLLI@UGA, will lead this workshop on Saturday, April 13, 1 to 3 p.m. at UUFA.
Never in my 10 years as a hospice chaplain have I experienced such a deeply moving presentation of what a patient and family member go through during a terminal illness as Judith Gantly’s play, “Waltzing the Reaper.” Everyone needs to see this because sooner or later this will happen to everyone. I cannot recommend this play highly enough.
Stimp Hawkins, M.Div.
Using performance arts, “Walzing the Reaper” is an inviting and nonthreatening way for clinicians, students and the public alike to explore complex, very real, and emotionally difficult issues related to end of life. It brings attention to the human-side of living with illness and facing death. Judith Gantly is truly spectacular in this one-woman show!
President, Society for Integrative Oncology