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Using Theatre to Reach Your Community


These plays by award-winning playwright Bryan Harnetiaux provide a rich opportunity for self-examination and community dialogue on fundamental questions surrounding death and dying. Each play can be used individually or in any combination by hospices, churches, medical schools and other organizations as an educational tool and as a vehicle for creating public dialogue about end-of-life issues.

This project is fantastic—I just wish more people knew about it. I can’t understand why every hospice across the country isn’t doing them!
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Victoria Spear, Hospice of Sacred Heart, Eugene OR

Calvert Hospice in Prince Frederick, MD incorporated the play Holding On~Letting Go last year into our annual Hospice and Palliative Care Conference and it was a huge success! The play was performed by students at the local community college and they did a marvelous job.  All who watched it were deeply touched.”
-Amy , LCSW, ACHP-SW, Director of Patient & Family Services.


Vesta offers a warm and often funny exploration of a family's struggle with a variety of end-of-life issues as they come to terms with the illness and death of Vesta Pierson, their matriarch. Vesta is a 90-minute, seven-character play about the last five years of the title character's life.

Dusk, a five-character, 70-minute drama, deepens the conversation about end of life. Gil Everette has had a heart attack and is now in congestive heart failure. On the eve of his 65th birthday, Gil and his adult children, with a medical social worker on hand, explore Gil's wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment options.

Holding On ~ Letting Go is an often humorous, yet heartrending look at a family forced to come to terms with the end of a life, and saying goodbye. Fifty-one-year-old Bobby Alexander and his family confront Bobby's end-stage liver failure and the murky boundary line between living fully and accepting death. This intimate six-character, 70-minute drama explores the role of hospice care in the wilderness of a terminal illness and impending death.

One-year licensing agreements are available through Hospice Foundation of America. Your organization can select the licensing agreement that works best. A single performance, one-year license for one play is available for a low fee of $150. Licensing the trilogy for a single performance of each play is $300 for a year; or one play can be used three times in a year for a low $300 fee. Included in this fee is a complete production packet with an electronic copy of the play, suggested discussion questions, templates for advertisements and media releases, sample programs and flyers, and suggestions and ideas from other organizations that have successfully produced a play in their community. Other licensing combinations are also available; contact us for details.

Trilogy Information Sheet (PDF)