The Unexpected Guest - A Play in Two Acts

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A glimpse into the lives of people enduring the challenge of Multiple Sclerosis. During the course of several months, four people in varying parts of their MS journeys learned playwriting and developed together a production that would combine memoir accounts of their journey with educational outreach to people unfamiliar with MS. The writers worked closely with professional actors to realize this project.

 

The resulting production, of “The Unexpected Guest” opened at the Portland Actors Conservancy on March 11, 2014 and reached more than two hundred audience members during the course of four performances.

 

On a purely academic level, this work is quite accurate and informative in its description of the disease. At its end, the message that threads through the entire story cycle is one of hope, perseverance, and inspiration that we all can use in our lives. — Edward Kim, MD, OSHU Multiple Sclerosis Center

 

The Unexpected Guest is a brave, loving and moving testimonial to the strength and resilience of the human spirit facing the silent, invisible relentless force transforming their lives. The writers’ humor, grace, anger, and enduring loves and friendships lay down, for all of us, a road map for the unthinkable. — Katy Liljeholm, Artistic Director, Well Arts

 

The Unexpected Guest allows the audience an insider’s perspective on a mysterious condition. Its wit, warmth, intelligence and humor pulls us into a world that is both a bit terrifying (could this happen to me?) and surprisingly beautiful. Theater is a medium ideally suited for this – as the actors and the audience breathe the same air and move through time together. In the process, actors and audience build empathy, compassion and understanding for others whose lives vary from our own experiences. — Lisa Joyce, Executive Director of Pentacle Theatre

 

On a purely academic level, this work is quite accurate and informative in its description of the disease. However, the medical discussion is mere setup for the emotional battleground laid bare on subsequent pages. The authors’ stories of living with MS and their emotional struggles, both seen and unseen, resonate deeply. The stories here are personal and touching. At times, they simply break your heart. At its end, the message that threads through the entire story cycle is one of hope, perseverance, and inspiration that we all can use in our lives. — Edward Kim, MD, OSHU Multiple Sclerosis Center

 

The Unexpected Guest includes a remembrance of my initial responses to MS. I had a very typical initial response to MS needing to spend weeks on steroids (the only thing available in the mid 1970s). The title is so appropriate: I was a woman engineer when my MS reared its especially unexpected symptoms. I felt I needed to prove that women could work in a technical job. ¬— Lindsay Stearns Living with MS

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