ARDEO is a one act play inspired by research and personal narratives of health practitioners and patients at UNC-CH’s North Carolina’s Jaycee Burn Center. This play explores how patients and doctors communicate with each other; how health practitioners communicate with the public; and how theatre artists can be of service to patients, doctors and the larger public. From the perspective of scientists and medical providers, the involvement of the dramatic arts represents a unique opportunity to appreciate the meaning of one’s work and to gain new insights and perspectives regarding its relevance. Narrative medicine not only serves the public health sector and works to improve the effectiveness of care, but it also offers as a healing tool for patients in recovery. This project is sponsored by a grant from the Kenan Creative Collaboratory and the UNC Burn Center.
ARDEO Explores Stories of Burn Survivors, Care Providers
UNC assistant professor of dramatic art and playwright Jacqueline Lawton has always had an appreciation for the crossroads of art and science, a theme that repeatedly finds its way into her work.
She believes in the power of narrative medicine — the idea of patients telling their stories, listening to their bodies and becoming empowered in their journey toward recovery. And theater is the perfect venue for that to happen, she said.
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ARDEO Rehearsal Photos by Christine Rucker
In May of 2016, we had a weeklong new play development workshop and rehearsal. With Kathryn Hunter-Williams (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Dramatic Art) as director and David Navalinsky (Director of Undergraduate Production) as lighting designer and sound operator, we put the play on its feet. I was able to develop the script even further with our talented cast, which included Nikyla Boxley, Tre Dukes, Mariah Guillmette, Devin Kessler, Mekhai Lee, and Hassiem Muhammad, all students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. It was amazing to bring the play to life.
ARDEO Reading Photos
With lighting design by David Navalisnky, ARDEO was presented for two public readings. Both readings were followed by post show discussions led by Jules Odendahl-James, and welcomed a combined audience of 45 people.
ARDEO Film Shoot
There was so much interest in the script that we just filmed a staged reading of it. The production team and original cast was joined by filmmaker Alex Maness for a day long film shoot.