Dying and death have become an industry – in hospitals, in classrooms, and in the courts; yet end-of-life is still frequently fraught with interpersonal difficulties and suffering. Decision-making is often far removed from those who should have a simple human right to it. Living Will examines the power dynamics between family members in crisis and depicts how relationships can be changed irrevocably when the web of life is broken. Juxtaposing the real-life drama of a close-knit family against the cool professional judgments of the hospital psychiatrist, social worker, and ethicist; the play speaks to a contemporary theme through the lens of a traditional family.
At Factory Theatre Mainspace
Living Will depicts the conflicts and emotions of the King family siblings, as they confront the issues surrounding their father’s sudden and unexpected illness, decline, and death. The Play’s tone is naturalistic. The action spans a 12 month time-period, and is set in a suburban living room and a city hospital.
THE TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL
JuL 4-15, 2018
DIRECTED BY JILLIAN REES-BROWN
Jess Abramovitch, Abraham Asto, Helly Chester, Andrea Davis, Bill MacDonald, Jorie Morrow, Peter Nelson, Jill Niedoba, Asha Vijayasingham