Course Detail: THEA - Readers' Theater

There are no costumes, makeup, special lighting, or movement. For the audience it is like listening to a story on the radio. Like radio drama, much is left to the listener's imagination. Some call Readers' Theater, "theater of the mind."

The Medical Readers' Theater program is sponsored by the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies at ECU's Brody School of Medicine, the ECU College of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and the Department of Student Involvement & Leadership. Performances are short plays or short stories that focus on timely medical issues. Following each performance, an ECU faculty coordinator moderates a discussion between the cast and the audience. This discussion provides an arena for examining personal values and assumptions relating to ethical and social issues in medicine.

Spring 2020's reading will be "Breathing" by Jay Branch, M.D., the story of an elderly father who cannot live on his own but resents having to move in with his son's family. We see the impact of this forced living arrangement on family relations in general and on the individuals involved. It is a timely story that explores a situation more and more common in American society.

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