The Amity High School theater department presents the gripping medical drama Whose Life is it Anyway?
Who should decide when or if a patient may end his or her own life? That is the dilemma of the play “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” by Brian Clark, produced by the Amity Creative Theater this Friday and Saturday.
After a horrible car accident, an artist is left paralyzed from the neck down. Confined to a hospital bed with feeding tubes providing nutrients, the artist believes there is nothing left to live for while a well-meaning hospital staff tries to convince their patient not to give up hope. Everything leads to a court hearing held in the artist’s hospital room as a judge must determine who gets to make the final decision for the patient.
The Amity production stars Amity senior Peter Charney as Ken Harrison in a very demanding role which requires him to play a paraplegic. Kens concerned and caring doctor Joan Scott is played by senior Sabrina Brier. Rounding out the cast is April Rock, Miriam Roday, James Ottaviano, Matt Burkhart, Ted McNulty, Alida Ballou, Maya Rose, Bowen Kirwood, Kahari Blue, Rishi Mutalik and Gabrielle Airdo.
I sat in on a rehearsal this week and was moved by Peter Charney’s magnificent portrayal. The character speaks to me as I saw my dear friend Bob Crocco go through many of the same emotions during his battle with ALS.
I’ve known (of) Peter since he was 7 years old and watched him in different performances and I looked forward to seeing him in a perfect role to showcase his acting talent.
At Amity we’ve seen Peter sing, act, juggle and entertain us in many memorable roles. Peter is a senior now and this is one of the last opportunities you’ll have to see him on the Amity Stage. Buy your tickets now.
As is tradition at Amity the play will be presented to all the students grade 8-12 from December 4th to the 7th as part of the Spartan Seminar program. Students will discuss the plays legal and moral issues before viewing the play and engage in a question and answer session after each performance with the cast, crew and Amity teacher Jim Clifford who also is an attorney. The play is directed by Amity Theater teacher Rob Kennedy, with costumes by Julie Chevan and Lighting by Dan Hassenmayer.
There will also be two public performances of Whose Life Is It Anyway? on Friday December 7th and Saturday December 8th at 8pm. All performances will be held at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at Amity High School. Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com all seats are $10.