The Relational Medicine Foundation, founded by UCLA heart transplant cardiologist, Mario Deng, and his wife Dr. Frederica Raia, hosted an evening at Playwrights Horizons featuring two plays inspired by actual stories of patients who had undergone heart transplant surgery.
The Catherine Wheel by Craig Lucas and Night Float by Lila Feinberg (both directed by John Henry Davis), portrayed how people carry on with the mundane tasks of daily life while living with the imminent prospect of a major life change. The plays were followed by a dialogue between actors, and audience, including former heart transplant patients who expressed their appreciation for Dr. Deng’s humane and personal care.
Institute faculty Susan Massad, M.D., who attended the performance commented:
As someone who has been advocating for bringing play and performance into the training of medical professionals for many years, I was very excited to discover the mutual interest in theatre/ performance as as an approach to transforming the medical encounter…