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
“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,”
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
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
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
hospiceoffrederick.org or by calling 240-566-4055.