August 15/16 2022 – Over the course of two days, more than 160 people in Shawano and Oconto Falls attended two heart wrenching performances of the play, ‘In The Garden”.
The storyline highlights the raw experience of Arthur Monsetin’s and his three adult children who come together to decide a course of action for their beloved father who is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Long ingrained familial tensions come to the surface as Peter, Karen and Jamie wrestle with how best to treasure their father as they also come to terms with his limitations.
‘In the Garden’ is the second of four plays that make up The Remember Project, “a one-act play performed by professional actors who bring to life real issues connected to the care, diagnosis, and experience of dementia and how relationships can be tested in unexpected ways. Following the performance, audience members meet the actors and take part in a facilitated conversation about the themes, metaphors, and impact of memory loss depicted in the plays.”
Prior to the play, resource tables by local organizations (listed below) were set up for attendees to browse providing an excellent source of what’s available within the Oconto Falls and Shawano communities. An extended thanks to Oconto Falls ADRC, Oconto County Commission on Aging, NewCap, UW-Extension Oconto County, Oconto County Public Health, Shawano ADRC, Sensory Path, Menominee Tribal Aging, Shawano County Aging, Alzheimer’s Association and Forget Me Not Fund, Inc.