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Continuing the Conversation - Dusk Event


On November 2, Hospice of Frederick County and Maryland Ensemble Theater (MET) will present a special production of the thought-provoking play Dusk at Hood College. According to Hospice’s Executive Director Carlos Graveran, the production follows the success of Hospice’s presentation last April of the documentary Being Mortal. That event, which included a panel discussion on end-of-life issues, drew nearly 350 people.

“The feedback we received was so positive that we realized there was an opportunity to keep the conversation going,” said Graveran.

Dusk is a one-act, five-character drama that examines the story of Gil Everette, who on the eve of his 65th birthday, has had a heart attack and suffers from congestive heart failure. Gil and his adult children explore his wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment options with the help of a medical social worker.

Matt Lee, who is directing Dusk for the MET, said the play is engaging and thought-provoking.

“I think it is very well-written and true to life,” he said. “Even though this is a difficult topic to broach for a lot of people, the play does so with humor and makes it a little easier to talk about.”

Following the play, featured speaker Angelo Volandes, a Harvard Medical School physician and author of The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, will discuss how people can empower themselves to get the right medical care at the right time and on their terms. Audience members will have the unique opportunity to ask questions and further the discussion with Dr. Volandes.

Hospice experts encourage families to think about end-of-life issues in advance so they can have more physical and emotional comfort when illness progresses to a point where it is difficult to make decisions. “Our goal is to educate the public on end-of-life issues and demystify the topic so that families can be more at ease in discussing these issues,” Graveran said.

Lee admits that he initially had some concerns about directing a play that centers on end-of-life issues, but after reading the script, he realized the main message is that there is no one “right way” to address the topic. “Families will handle it differently,” he said. “But despite the subject matter, I think the play is ultimately uplifting.”

Event Details
Dusk: A one-act play that examines end-of-life goals.
Presented in collaboration with Maryland Ensemble Theater.

Date and Time
Thursday Nov. 2, 2017 from 6-8p.m.
Doors open at 5:30p.m. with light refreshments to follow.

Hood College Hodson Auditorium
Located in the Rosenstock Building

Registration Details
This event is sponsored by Stauffer Funeral Homes and Home Care Assistance. It is free and open to the public.

To reserve a seat, please register online at or by calling 240-566-4055.