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'Dusk' play aims to educate about health, end-of-life care decisions

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Providence Hospice will host “Dusk,” a humorous, light-hearted play featuring discussions about end-of-life decisions and the role of advance care directives. The play will be performed at locations around Anchorage between Nov. 10-15. 

The play – which is free and open to the public – explores the difficulties, on both a medical and personal level, with coming to terms with making life-sustaining treatment decisions. 

Dusk was written by Spokane, Wash., playwright Bryan Harnetiaux and premiered in Spokane in 2007. Directing the play is Diane Benson, associate professor of the Alaska Native Studies Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

The play features Bill Cotton in the role of Gil Everett, a man who has had a heart attack and must discuss his life-sustaining options with his children and a social worker. Gil and his family struggle with these tough decisions, including completion of an advance directive, a legal document that outlines a persons wishes for end-of-life care. 
 
“Although the play features serious subject matter, it’s a story rich in character and humor,” said Vanessa Salinas, volunteer coordinator at Providence In-Home Services, Hospice. “This is a great opportunity to learn about an important topic in a setting that’s family-friendly. We encourage people to attend with a significant other, children and other family members, and any person who has played a prominent role in your life.” 

Dusk will be performed on the following dates and locations: 
  • ​5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, Providence Alaska Medical Center, East Auditorium
  • 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, 22424 Birchwood Loop Road, Chugiak
  • 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, Mountain View Public Library, 120 Bragaw St. Anchorage
  • 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, 22424 Birchwood Loop Road, Chugiak 
Each performance will be followed by a discussion about advance directives and end-of-life planning, facilitated by Kris Green, advance care planning coordinator, Providence Health and Services Alaska, and Providence Hospice staff members. 

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