Cracked: new light on dementia

Published on Jun 3, 2015

Cracked: new light on dementia follows Elaine Carter’s journey from her diagnosis through to her new life in a long-term care home. Elaine and her children, Caroline and Clay, grapple with what the diagnosis means, if and how the diagnosis changes their relationships and how they struggle to be with each other in the present where Elaine calls them to be. Filled with poignancy, honesty and humour, this play brings to the fore the richness of the social world of dementia and encourages audiences to see the humanity of persons who are living with dementia. The play is an innovative research-based theatre production that casts a critical light on society’s one-dimensional view of dementia as an unmitigated tragedy. The play raises questions about the predominant discourse of loss that defines current conceptions of dementia, and the dehumanizing care practices that still prevail in institutional care settings. Inspired in part by Leonard Cohen’s words in Anthem, the play is intended to inspire alternative ways of seeing persons with dementia, instill the importance of maintaining strong relationships with them, and reinforce the imperative for good ethical care.

The play is based on research conducted by Drs. Sherry Dupuis, Gail Mitchell, [...] continue the story

Robbie’s Story

It has been a love-hate relationship with sugar that has defined Robbie McCauley’s experience with diabetes. But it has been Sugar in another form that has helped her towards healing.

Robbie McCauley, Professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College in Boston, has achieved a career that many would envy. She has filled the roles of performance artist, playwright, director, and educator. Her award-winning work in the theater has been acclaimed as groundbreaking in its unabashed confrontation of issues of race and class during a time when these topics were simply not discussed.

“But even in the midst of all of that,” says Robbie, “the one thing I was not going to acknowledge was my own silence about [my] diabetes. And of course we’re silent about it. No one ever asks, and we all know the shame and blame that can come with it. But one has to speak at some point.”

Growing up, Robbie’s mother always prepared healthy meals, and the family rarely ate junk food or even had dessert. “But I craved candy bars all the time during junior high,” she remembers. “I was sneaking candy, and eating mounds of peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches on Wonder bread, and what did [...] continue the story

Upstaging Cancer

A short film on the battle of Daniel Stolfi, a young man with cancer who not only survives, but transforms his horrific experience into a deeply personal, yet highly comedic one-man show “Cancer Can’t Dance Like This”, winner of the 2011 Canadian Comedy Award for Best One Person Show.

Read the story of Daniel’s girlfriend, Jennifer De Lucia, as she tells her emotional companion story for the first time.


An attempt of mutual understanding between a blind girl and a deaf guy. A guy meets a girl at the subway station. She was in trouble, so he helped her. At that moment, the girl feels that there is something oddly familiar about him….

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