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Painting Churches: a play about aging and family relationships

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Painting ChurchesIt’s a play about family, relationships, identity and dementia. In Painting Churches, written by Tina Howe, a daughter returns to her childhood home to help her parents pack up and move, while hoping they will come to see her as the artist she has become. The cast is a dynamic trio, including Mary Elizabeth Atwood, Eric Danielson and Andi Washburn, and directed by Brent Sigman.

The Center on Aging, within the College of Human Ecology, is a sponsor of the play, opening Friday, December 9, at the Manhattan Arts Center. The family dynamic as a child comes home and discovers a new reality as her parents age and one dealing with dementia, is one that many families face. The Center on Aging and the gerontology studies aim to educate about dementia and many other topics facing an aging population.

As part of the Sunday showing, the cast, director, Michelle Haub, Kay Shanks, and Laci Cornelison and Katie Sigman, both with the Center on Aging, will be part of a preshow panel discussion about family relationships and dementia. The panel will begin at 12:45 p.m., with the Sunday matinée at 2 p.m. All playgoers are welcome at the discussion

Painting Churches debuts on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m., with subsequent showings on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m. Call 785-537-4420 or visit the Manhattan Arts Center’s website for details. Please join the Center on Aging in the panel discussion on Sunday to learn more about how aging impacts family dynamics.

This article was posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016, and is filed under Center on Aging, College News, Family Studies & Human Services.