When 70-year-old Maria receives a cancer diagnosis she begins to question how she wants to die. While Maria's loved ones grapple with how to keep her alive, Rachel, a climate change activist, heads out to sea. Graceful Exit is a darkly comic play with music that asks, “Who controls your death?” It grapples with questions about climate change and end-of-life care through vaudevillian sketches, puppetry, tap dancing, scientific lectures, and stand up comedy.
Graceful Exit was developed, in part, in the 2015-2016 Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artist Program. The first public readings took place on May 30 and June 3, 2016 at the Clemente Center.
Written by Alanna Coby
Music composed and performed by Sean Vigneau-Britt
Directed by Megan Hanley
Stage Management and Stage Directions by Jackie Rivera*^
Yanghee Lee as Suzanne
Christian LeMay as Ethan
Kelly Maurer* as Maria
Ellenor Riley-Condit^ as May
Emily Spalding*^ as Rachel
*Denotes an actor appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association
^Denotes a member of The Syndicate
Photos courtesy of Al Foote III Theatrical Photography