Palestine theater's play Oct. 6-8, 13-15 draws attention to organ donation need

Published on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:45 - Written by

DANNY MOGLE, danny@mylifestylesmag.com

To bring awareness to the need for organ donations, Palestine Community Theatre will stage “The Tin Woman,” a play dealing with the emotions of a heart transplant recipient and the donor’s family.

“Joy (the recipient) struggles with survivor’s guilt and whether she truly has a purpose in life,” theater member Chaundra Dantin said in a prepared statement. “She asks herself why she is saved while Jack (the donor) lost his life.”

The donor’s family members each deal with the situation differently, Dantin said.

“Director Carol Moore chose ‘The Tin Woman’ with the desire to inform members of our community and surrounding communities about organ donation,” Dantin said. “She felt the story of this production would give that opportunity.”

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7 and 13-14 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 15 at Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford, Palestine, the announcement said. A reception on the opening night will begin at 6:30.

Tickets cost $15 for adults; $10 for students and can be bought online at thetexastheater.com.

The theater will use the performances as a time to share the experiences of those involved in organ donation.

“We will share personal stories of loss and life from local and area donor families, including a member of our cast, and organ recipients and (we) will be visited by, among others, two recipients, one from Nacogdoches and one from the Dallas area,” Dantin said.

Dantin said the theater is encouraging people to learn more about organ donation from Donate Life Texas at donatelifetexas.org.