Edge of Life

The new production, Edge of Life highlights the extremes with which society deals with the act of dying in its literal juxtaposition of Bill Erickson, whose cancer has progressed to the point that he has determined to end the ineffective chemotherapy which has made his existence a living hell against the elderly and essentially comatose Gertrude Hall. Bill, retaining his faculties, is able to speak for himself and must convince his family and physicians that further treatment is futile and that his choice to enter into hospice is the right one for him, while Gertrude, stuck in the purgatory of life support, must await an advocate who will speak truth for her.

Caught firmly in the middle, between Bill, who happens to be his old football coach, his new love interest, Nurse Heather Jennings and the medical establishment, in the form of the intimidating and dogmatic Dr. Gus Clark, is surgeon Jake Forest as he struggles with his own cynicism in the aftermath of a difficult divorce, nascent alcoholism and the conflicting responsibilities of his job as opposed to his obligations as a physician.

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