Liz Macera is on stage with her one-woman show ‘I’ve Accepted Everyone’s Death but my Own’, playing herself (a palliative-care nurse-practitioner) and the distraught daughter of an end-of-life patient. In the play (and in her real-life job) Liz councils patients and families about making the final transformation, bringing everyone into the process of articulation, diagnosis, prognosis and sooner or later acceptance. http://lizmaceracom.ipage.com/
In the hospital room of a dying man, his daughter tries to be objective but she is unwilling to leave her subjective feelings of loss, guilt, and family pressure to save the elderly man who can no longer speak for himself or act in his own interest.
When her work-day is done she is in a similar situation at home with her geriatric cat but does not see it the same way. She wants the cat to live and insists that the vet make the required repairs and finds herself in the same contradictions as her patients’ families. Barring fatal accidents, it’s the tragic fate that we will probably face from both points of view sooner or later.
The play juxtaposes objectivity and subjectivity, 2 mutually-exclusive states of mind with no stable mid-ground. This creates a back-and-forth understanding of one of life’s most perplexing paradoxes.
Liz started the one-act play in 2012 when she had a few days of vacation in Costa Rica.
She further developed the script in cahoots with the Marsh Theatre, participating in workshops and Monday Night March presentations, and working with directors Charlie Varon, Rebecca Fisher, and Mark Haywood. She has been an emergency-room nurse at Highland Hospital in Oakland California, on the faculty of the School of Nursing as UCSF and a long-time employee of Kaiser.
What is it like to spend every day talking with people who are dying? Does the insight help you face your own mortality or do you simply wonder if you are trapped on the set of a B horror movie? Drawing on over 40 years of experience as a nurse, Liz explores the heartbreaks, antics, and taboos surrounding the one event waiting for us all.
Here’s some comments from the audience.
“This play stirred many emotions as I listened to its content. … I liked the parallel of your life in regards to how you felt dealing with the emotions and desires of the family members of your patients. ” Dani
“My impression of the material was quite spot on, from the various patient and family encounters, to her own family life, and prolonging her cat. She touched and covered the main topics and feelings that arise from death or imminent death of loved ones. I like how she introduced the stages of grieving …. ” Lisa
Liz travels to the Boulder International Fringe Festival http://www.boulderfringe.com/ in September.
Boulder Colorado Fringe Festival 2015
Youth Room, First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Sept. 17th: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sept. 19th: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Sept. 20th: 8:00 pm -9:00 pm
Sept. 21st: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sept. 22nd: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Sept. 26th: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm