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A new play, Six Characters in Search of an Answer, features a poignant dramatization of issues of people living with Alzheimer’s Disease. The play is written by Dr. Jeanne Sorrell, Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University. Dr. Sorrell interviewed persons with Alzheimer’s, as well as family and professional caregivers, to identify ethical issues they encounter in the process of living with Alzheimer’s. Dialogue from the interviews is enacted in the play by six characters, who engage the audience in thinking about quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s.

A FREE premiere performance of the play, directed by Rick Davis, Artistic Director of the Theater of the First Amendment, will be held April 6, 2006 in the Harris Theatre on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. A pre-performance discussion will be held at 1:30 pm featuring a panel of representatives from ethics, health policy, and theater. The performance of the play will begin at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow the performance. This event was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. ¼br />

For directions and parking information, visit For further information, please call Edna Hertsch at (703) 993-1947 or email Dr. Sorrell at

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