STEAM Events in the Washington D.C. Region
Cultural Programs of the NAS is collaborating with The New Theater of Medicine (TNTM) to present a reading with music of Jeffrey Allen Steiger’s Tangles. The story, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl, Tyler, follows her family as they try to come to terms with their evolving roles as caregivers for an aging relative and as navigators of a complex health care system. Tangles will be followed by a discussion focused on finding creative solutions and new paths of empowerment for patients, providers, and families.
The ensemble of actors and musicians are professionals from top theaters throughout the Washington, D.C. region. The performance is directed by TNTM Artistic Director Jeffrey Steiger, who wrote the play and music, with program direction and dramaturgy by Charles Samenow, M.D., M.P.H. It features KashiTara Barrett, Jenny Donovan, James Konicek, and Gloria Makino. Music is directed and arranged by Nathan Blustein, and performed by Blustein on piano; Linda Bard on cello; and Steiger on guitar and ukulele.
Through the collaboration between a theater artist and a physician, TNTM seeks to advance and improve health care through innovative theater, inspired by the real world of medicine. TNTM combines the creative elements of professional theater with the rigorous standards of medical education to create unique theatrical pieces that critically examine the culture, dynamics, and practice of health care through both the lens of the patient and the provider.