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Actors Theatre of Louisville treats James Graham Brown Cancer Center patients to showing of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Dec. 12

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Actors Theatre of Louisville treats James Graham Brown Cancer Center patients to showing of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Dec. 12

Just one month after adding live musical performances for patients undergoing chemotherapy and infusion treatment, the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center is teaming up with Actors Theatre of Louisville to make it possible for patients to attend a theatrical performance.

Actors Theatre has provided 60 tickets to the Brown Cancer Center for the Dec. 12 performance of Fifth Third Bank’s “A Christmas Carol,” said Cesar Rodriguez, M.D., of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Division at UofL.

“These tickets have been provided specifically to give our patients a chance to see a stage production in an environment where they will be with others like themselves,” Rodriguez said. “Many times, patients with cancer feel reluctant to go to social or entertainment events because they are concerned about how they appear to others, or how they will feel when they get there. Being in an audience with others like themselves helps them feel more comfortable and better able to enjoy the show. Many of our patients also would not be able to afford theater tickets, so this gift is doubly welcomed.

Opportunities like these help give patients some respite from their medical problems and allow them to reconnect with social events.”

The theater program comes shortly after Rodriquez organized live music performances for patients, now provided twice each week in the chemotherapy and infusion unit at the Brown Cancer Center by the Arts in Healing program of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. “Anything we can do as health care providers to contribute to the overall well-being of our patients, we are glad to do. We appreciate what groups such as the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and Actors Theatre of Louisville are doing to help our patients,” Rodriguez said.

The production of “A Christmas Carol” is the first in what Actors Theatre and the cancer center hope will be other ticket giveaways for patients in the future.

“Actors Theatre is very proud to begin this program with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, an organization that is committed to improving the quality of life of their patients through exposure to the performing arts,” Actors Theatre Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein said. “We feel that the arts have an important role to play in the health and well-being of every individual in our audience, and everyone at Actors Theatre is thrilled for this opportunity to extend its current work with community and service organizations to help ensure a holistic healing process for the patients at the cancer center.”

“A Christmas Carol” presented by Actors Theatre has become a Louisville holiday tradition. The classic story from Charles Dickens’ novel about Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future is brought to life with visual splendor and the warmth of holiday music. The production is directed by Drew Fracher with a script by Barbara Field.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Actors Theatre’s Pamela Brown Auditorium, 316 W. Main.

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