In celebration of Senior’s Month, St. John’s actress Lisa Hurd has been presenting performances of the play, Dance Like A Butterfly for Western Health’s Long Term Care residents throughout the region.
Dance Like a Butterfly is a one woman play by playwright Aviva Ravel. The character depicted, Tillie Rheinblatt is a spirited 85 year old woman who has always been fiercely independent and in love with life. We meet her as she is about to be discharged from hospital. It is a moment fraught with uncertainty as Tillie reluctantly comes to realize that, having fallen and broken her hips 3 times, she is no longer able to care for herself, and that she will not be able to live the remaining years of her life entirely on her own terms. As she experiences a decline in her coping abilities, Tillie provides us with insights into the eroding of a person’s sense of self-worth and independence. She makes us realize that she has as much right to be cared for with love, understanding, compassion, dignity and respect as everyone else. This strong-minded woman brings us face to face with the realization that ultimately our future happiness is determined by our own attitude to change.
Members of the media interested in finding more about Dance Like a Butterfly are asked to call or email the media contact below.
Director of Communications
Scheduled Performances Remaining:
Calder Health Centre, Burgeo, June 15, 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Charles L. Legrow Health Centre, Port aux Basques, June 18, 3:00 p.m.