Taren Sterry's 180 Days Plays Stage Left Studio Tomorrow
On Tuesday, December 17, Taren Sterry will bring her acclaimed 180 Days show, the true story of her first six months working in hospice and what led to her career with VNSNY Hospice Care, to NYC. While attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, Taren embarked on a six-month ethnographic field study to work with terminally ill patients and their families. After 11 years of working in hospice, Taren launched her funny, dramatic and uplifting one-woman show that has been touring the country since 2008. The show infuses the difficult subject of death and dying with poignant humor by narrating through the eyes of Taren's most memorable hospice patients, and artistically explains why the idea that hospice is a depressing and taboo topic is an outdated myth. 180 Days is designed to speak to hospice workers, teaching them how embrace working in this unusual field, while helping spark much needed conversations among family and friends about end-of-life care.
Sterry is the Manager of Volunteer Training for the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care, the largest provider of hospice services in New York City. She is also a writer, performer and teacher in New York City who has entertained countless families, nurses and hospice care field workers with her acclaimed one-woman show 180 Days.
When the topic of hospice comes up, many people shy away from the "grim" subject and avoid discussing options for end-of-life care. They often make the decision to enter themselves or a loved one into hospice too late to make full use of its benefits. Families struggle to find the right way to bring up hospice care with a loved one and neglect opportunities to truly understand how to bring the most comfort to someone who is terminally ill. The honesty and humor apparent in Taren's show have helped pave the road for countless conversations for both families and hospice workers who find it hard to share their experiences in a meaningful way.
Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/501578. ($20 General Admission/$15 Hospice Volunteer Discount).
For more information, please visit http://www.180daysplay.com/.