My Light in the Darkness

b18I want to thank all who have expressed condolences during this period of mourning. Most likely you have come to this page to learn of new plays and theatre resources and in time I am sure the focus will return to that as my writings are a very important part of my life. My attention at this current time however must be focused on the untimely death of my Daddy and seeking the truth and accountability for what happened to him. I want to leave you with two things today. I want you to see my Dad so you can begin to understand the loss of such a wonderful soul and I want you to provide you with a resource in the event that you ever experience a medical mistake at a hospital, nursing home or the like. First, meet my Dad and then you will see why I wholeheartedly support the American Patient Defense Fund.

(Music courtesy of Michael Taylor)

Meet, My Dad

If you have ever been shut out of the healthcare system or your voice silenced, then you know exactly why the APDU is so vitally important. The system is flawed and when something goes wrong, the patient goes from being what should be the most important person to the least important. I never imagined a month ago that finding the APDU would bring about such powerful answers and results in such a short period of time concerning my Father’s death. I now have answers that were withheld from me prior to the ADPU’s involvement. No doubt when you need the APDU it will be because you are at a very dark point in your life due to a medical injury or death of a loved one perhaps. It is then that you will appreciate more than words can express the premise that,” EVERY patient’s grievance is Legitimate..” Dr. Noorchashm is on the brink of building the powerhouse for the patient and the sad reality is that we all have a vested interest in this because we all will be patients. Don’t be afraid to share your story. I promise you, of the past 2 months of trauma and hellacious suffering that my family has endured, the APDU has been that light at the end of the tunnel and I can only adequately say thanks by sharing my testimonial of the significance of the APDU every chance I get. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

ADPU American Patient Defense Fund

Students Direct at Simsbury High School

Simsbury High School in Connecticut recently featured, May I Have Your Attention, Please? as one of the student directed productions in their One Act Festival. The play was directed by Sophia Capobianco and stage managed by Ava Rooney. I hope to be able to interview them in the future and feature the challenges and rewards of student directing. Stay Tuned!  A very special thank you to Anna Zuckerman-Vdovenko for the photos and permission to publish those here.

 

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In Honor of my Daddy, Robert Rhoden 11/24/1940 – 09/22/2017

Everyone is as a star
glistening and lighting up the sky,
each with its own story and different age
placed carefully by our Creator
And at the appointed time, the star falls
and in that last moment of splendor
the lucky ones and star crossed lovers
get to catch a glimpse and make a wish
as the shooting stars descend back to earth
My eyes are focused, daddy
so as not to miss your last earthly moment of beauty tomorrow
but I want you to know
to me, you will always be the sun
until I too am a shooting star

I Love you Daddy

May I Have Your Attention, Please? Trailer

Video courtesy of Ariel Williams

This intense drama features an emotional scene between a family, already strained tensions are amplified. What is done in the dark comes to the light and it’s never a pretty scene. Come on out THIS WEDNESDAY TO SHACK Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45PM, Play begins at 6PM!

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Youth Empower Recommends Play

Youth Empower whose Mission is Promoting a culture of entrepreneurship, ingenuity and positive societal change within youth through the use of social media has written a very kind review of May I Have Your Attention, Please? Check out their website for ways to get involved for youth and Adults. Thank you for supporting #Theatre4ChangeIMG_1046[1]

Suicide is a growing issue today with the increased use of social media applications like Saharah. Youth Empower does not tolerate bullying and we will stand by bullying victims and those who have been affected by a suicide.

“May I Have Your Attention, Please?” is an outstanding and powerful play which educates the audience about how subtle suicide can be and how aware you must be to properly address it. We highly recommend this play as it raises awareness for an issue that has been going on for decades in a powerful and meaningful manner. Please take a moment to share this link with others and if you are a fine arts student, propose this play to your teacher.

It is vital that we create dialogue for this issue and this play does just that.

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Featured Full Length Play: Boxes

Looking for a full length play for your Community Theatre? Check out, Boxes.

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SYNOPSIS: Parents don’t come with rule books and it’s easy for the lines of responsibility to become blurred as adult parents lose their health and independence. The play focuses on the lives of Bob and Betty and their adult children Cathy and Michael. Each forced to deal in his own way with a painful move from the only house Bob and Betty have lived in throughout their fifty years of marriage. As the move progresses all must face the harsh reality that some boxes can’t be unpacked.

Great, in all ways too real. Audiences will adore the Dad and Michael characters. They read so true you can almost touch them through their language. The story is pulled together wonderfully. The “unpacking of the boxes” is beautiful and the symbolism of it comes softly without suggestion. This is a picture of the American family after the credits roll. The kind that leaves a heavy lump in the back of your throat. ”- Rebecca Cox

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