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BY DI READERS | APRIL 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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Thanks for Broken Chord aid

In the hustle and bustle of the Hancher season, the staff members sometimes have to rush on to plan for the next event without fully taking the time to savor our most recent presentation.

But when it comes to The Broken Chord, we wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. In the few days since the play’s run at the Englert, it’s been clear to us that the work has been deeply felt by those who saw it. We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved in the creation of such an amazing piece of theater.

First and foremost, we extend our thanks and admiration to Working Group Theater. Jennifer Fawcett, Sean Christopher Lewis, Martin Andrews, and their collaborators are exceptional artists.

Equally importantly, they are exceptional community members, committed to creating theater of and for their community. Through a yearlong process of inquiry, discovery, and service, Working Group created a play that delves deeply into one of the most important issues of our time — the struggles of individuals and families coming to terms with memory loss — and made it personally resonant. We are blessed to work with world-class artists who make their homes right here.

We are also so very grateful to all the funders, campus partners, and community organizations that supported the project and contributed to its richness. They are too numerous to name here, but each individual and organization has earned our deepest thanks.

We also want to thank the funders who made the project possible. They include the Englert, Oaknoll Retirement Residence, and the F. Wendell Miller Fund, as well as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program.

The project was embraced by partners on campus and around the community, including (and we hope we haven’t left anyone out) the Colleges of Public Health and Nursing, the School of Social Work, the departments of Rhetoric, Anthropology, and Interdepartmental Studies, the Passport Project, and the Center for Aging, as well as Oaknoll, Iowa City Hospice, the City of Iowa City Senior Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, City High School, Legacy Senior Living Community, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are grateful to each of these organizations.

Chuck Swanson
Hancher executive director on behalf of the Hancher staff

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