Vineyard Theatre will present a special series of post-show discussions to be moderated by special guests throughout the run of its production, DOT, by Colman Domingo, directed by Susan Stroman, which began previews February 4 and opens February 23 at The Vineyard (108 E. 15 St.), it has been announced by Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, artistic directors.
In DOT, the holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves.
Following is a schedule of those performances of DOT featuring a post-show discussion with special guest moderators and the topic of those discussions:
Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m. – Lisa B. Thompson, Ph.D., Professor, University of Texas at Austin and author of Beyond The Black Lady: Sexuality And The New African American Middle Class, will discuss the intersection of aging, sexuality and race with the cast.
Saturday, February 27, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. – P.K. Beville, a clinician working in dementia care for over 30 years and the creator of the Virtual Dementia Tour, will give insiaght into dementia and strategies for caregivers.
Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. – Sarita Gupta, co-director of Caring Across Generations, will lead a discussion about the necessary cultural and policy changes and the growing social movement to ensure that all Americans can live and age with dignity.
Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. – Tia P. Powell, MD, an expert on bioethics, will lead a discussion on dementia and public policy. Dr. Powell is the director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and Einstein Cardoza Master of Science in Bioethics, as well as Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m. – Evan Bass and Miranda Wilson are co-researchers and developers of Scripted-IMPROV, which utilizes a mix of drama and improv techniques to better connect with individuals who have Alzheimer’s. This discussion will highlight simple methods to reduce the four A’s of the disease: Anxiety, Agitation, Aggression and Apathy to help create more meaningful interactions with individuals living with Alzheimer’s.
Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. – Representatives from Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, New York City, Inc. will be present to discuss support and resources for individuals and families affected by an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.