May 22 2015

Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

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In our production of Cold Sweat, surgeon Alice Franklin addresses end of life issues, including physician assisted suicide..  Cold Sweat opens June 12th at Atwater Village Theater.  Purchase your tickets here!

“He (Stanford medical ethicist David Magnus) and others say this kind of situation is a symptom of a much bigger problem: Doctors are just plain bad at communicating about death.”

“Across the board with end-of-life care clinical interactions, they’re full of misunderstandings,” he says.  See NPR story here.

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May 16 2015

“Imagine me with contact lenses, and shiny hair, and looks to kill.”

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Those are the words of a cancer patient in Cold Sweat, our upcoming production.

In this video, it’s as if someone took those words to heart.  Cancer patients were given surprise, over-the-top makeovers, and their reactions were photographed.

You may need Kleenex.

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May 13 2015

Tickets for the Uranium Madhouse go on Sale Tonight at 8PM!

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Reserve your tickets here!

Uranium Madhouse presents COLD SWEAT

“Cold Sweat” is a challenging, wry, and topical play that explores issues of grief, mortality, and the end-of-life in a fresh and engaging manner as it pitches our modern scientific skepticism against its eternal nemesis — faith.

Inspired in part by the life of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, “Cold Sweat” finds humor in the unlikeliest places – a battlefield surgical unit, a hospital morgue, a freshly dug grave.

Written by Obie-Award winning playwright, Neal Bell, this production is the Los Angeles premiere of “Cold Sweat.”

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May 12 2015

Women in the Vietnam War

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Our production of Cold Sweat is coming soon! See story here.

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May 12 2015

America In Vietnam, 1963: Deeper Into War

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See full story here.

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May 12 2015

CARING FOR MOM & DAD explores the emotional, health and financial challenges that many caregivers face every day.

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See video here.

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May 10 2015

End of Vietnam War 40th anniversary: 10 best films based on the conflict

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Ten of the best films based on the Vietnam War. See the full article here.

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May 10 2015

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day: A reminder for patients to address end-of-life issues

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Our production of Cold Sweat is right on time. For a timely discussion of end-of-life issues: In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day: A reminder for patients to address end-of-life issues – See more at: http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/04/16/in-honor-of-national-healthcare-decisions-day-a-reminder-for-patients-to-address-end-of-life-issues/#sthash.okIEl6mU.dpuf

We appreciate your donations to Cold Sweat! Please support us at this link!

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Mar 24 2015

NPR: 45% of Alzheimer’s patients aren’t told

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On NPR this morning:

The report found that just 45 percent of Medicare patients who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s said they were informed of the diagnosis by their doctor. By contrast, more than 90 percent of Medicare patients with cancer said they were told by their doctor.

“What we found is really shocking,” says Beth Kallmyer, vice president of constituent services for the Alzheimer’s Association. “This is reminiscent of what happened in the 1960s and 1970s with cancer,” she says. “But that’s changed now, and it really needs to change for Alzheimer’s as well.”

Everything old is new again.

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Feb 20 2015

Cold Sweat gets a lighting designer

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Derek Jones is joining Uranium Madhouse after recently moving to Los Angeles from Washington, DC.  In DC, he was mostly recently an assistant lighting designer at Arena Stage and the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and was the master electrician and lighting coordinator for the Capital Fringe Festival.  Derek was also the lighting designer at the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine this past summer.  He has designed lighting for several theatre and dance companies as well as been a lighting consultant for architectural applications and event production in DC and New York.  Derek has an MFA in Lighting Design from Indiana University and a BA in Theatre and a BS in Physics from The George Washington University.  He currently is a lighting designer at Vortex Lighting, an architectural and themed entertainment lighting company in Los Angeles.  Visit www.derekjonesdesignarts.com for more information.

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