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Playwright explores aging, end-of-life conversations

Playwright explores aging, end-of-life conversations

Devorah Medwin has always been intrigued by topics deemed taboo.

“How do we talk about what people don’t want to talk about? That piece is fascinating to me because it creates so much tsuris,” she said.

So, she wrote a play dedicated to helping families navigate end-of-life decisions, hoping to diminish their sense of woe.

“Wooden Nickels” was her graduate school thesis in 2000. It has morphed over time, and debuted as a mixed-reality theatre experience at Temple Chai’s Deutsch Family Shalom Center in 2009. Actors portray real-life scenarios and resolutions.

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