"Medical Arts" Showcases Local Doctors, Nurses, Special Guests

The Courthouse Center for the Arts is proud to present “Medical Arts,” an original arts concept presenting artist doctors and nurses from South County Hospital in a new light. April 27 and 28.
 
April 16, 2012 - PRLog -- The Courthouse Center for the Arts is proud to present “Medical Arts,” an original arts concept presenting artist doctors and nurses from South County Hospital in a new light. The concept for the signature event originated with Dr. Richard Black, a member of the board at the Center.

The weekend begins with a Friday night soirée at 6pm with cocktails, eats, and a live auction of visual arts pieces by the South County Hospital medical staff, auctioned by med school dropout Louis Raymond.  This is followed by the event “Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News!” an old-fashioned burlesque show featuring local doctors, nurses and special guests directed by award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Richard Sabellico.  Bagpipes, ballroom and burlesque all come together in a delicious evening of hometown entertainment.

Saturday the 28th at 1pm, playwright Deborah Salem Smith (“Love Alone”) headlines “But I’m a Good Doctor: A Playwright Takes on Medical Malpractice.”  The event includes excerpts from her new, thought-provoking play “Love Alone,” performed by leading actors from Trinity Repertory Company where this production about grieving and healing is currently playing through May 27th; the play received the prestigious Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

At 3pm, the performers take a turn for the younger in “What’s Up, Doc?”  Ten local kids tell their funny and emotional stories about going to the doctor.  The fears, joys, friendship and inspiration that they get from their pediatricians are all part of the event.  The performance will be directed by Courthouse Artistic Director Richard Ericson.

The weekend closes with a reading of “The Doctor’s Dilemma,” a comedy by George Bernard Shaw.  Set in London in 1903, a new cure for tuberculosis is discovered, but only there’s only enough serum to treat one patient.  This complex, character-filled comedy explores death and dying, the doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics and the impacts of society and class.  Professional actors and hospital docs and nurses will breathe new life into this comedy which could have been written yesterday.  Mr. Ericson also directs this reading.

“Medical Arts” will open on Friday, April 27th and continue through Saturday evening, April 28th.  Tickets for individual programs are $50 for Friday night, $20 for “But I’m a Good Doctor,” $15 for “What’s Up, Doc?” and $20 for “The Doctor’s Dilemma.” A weekend pass for the entire “Medical Arts” event is $75 for all four programs.  Please contact the Box Office for tickets and information (401-782-1018 ext.3) or visit our website at http://www.courthousearts.org.

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The Courthouse Center for the Arts has provided education and entertainment in a multitude of art forms since 1988. Since its opening, the staff has kept a busy schedule ranging from art galleries to live theatrical performances to concerts.
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