Playwright to present reading


Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Margaret Edson will discuss her play Wit and participate in a dramatic reading in Memphis on April 18.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hutchison School’s Wiener Theater, 1740 Ridgeway Road. The event is sponsored by Methodist Healthcare Foundation and benefits the construction of the Methodist Hospice Residence. 

Edson will be in Memphis as part of Faith, Health and the Arts: Making the Connection sponsored by the Church Health Center, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis Theological Seminar and St. John’s United Methodist Church. She will be the featured luncheon speaker on April 18 at Lindenwood Christian Church discussing her play as part of a day-long event of workshops to engage medical professionals, pastors, chaplains, artists and others in a discussion of use of the arts – specifically storytelling – in healing, and how different disciplines can work together to best care for the whole person.

The main character in Edson’s play has ovarian cancer, a type of cancer that, if it is not caught in the initial stages, few women survive. In order for research doctors to find a cure, they must experiment with different kinds of drug treatments. Edson’s play looks at the ethics behind this need and the consequences of this need upon the patient.

Admission to the event will be a $10 donation to Methodist Hospice Residence. Methodist is raising funds for a hospice residence where all patients can live with dignity and grace at the end of their lives. 

For reservations or more information, call Methodist Healthcare Foundation at 901-516-0500.