“Neurological Illness, The Family and Art”: post-show discussion

FEED discussions for THE TRUTH: A TRAGEDY kicked off with a sensational talk on the above topic. The panel delved into aspects of Parkinson’s disease and how artists respond to such an illness. We also got to hear how scientists on the panel responded to Cynthia Hopkins’ beautiful solo show. The discussion is available here.

Panelists from right to left in photograph:

Moderator DR. RICHARD BROCKMAN is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Associate Attending at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He is also a playwright. Works include: “Good Behavior”, “Angels Don’t Dance”, “Five o’clock”, “The interrogation of a well dressed lady”, “Change of Heart”, “The Black Devil”, “Unprotected Sex”, “Little Caesar”, “A soldier’s diary”, “Informed Consent” and “Voice of America”. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Chicago — off-Broadway, off-off Broadway, Fringe, as well as at various other venues nationally and internationally. Awards include the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Cynosure, the Texas Film Institute, the South by SouthWest Film Festival, the Samuel French Best Short Play Festivals of 2001 and 2005, among others. His book A Map of the Mind was published by International Universities Press and has been reviewed widely. He has written over 40 articles which have appeared in professional journals, as well as in The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Reader’s Digest.

DR. CLAIRE HENCHCLIFFE received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and her doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK. She completed her training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, with internship in the Department of Medicine and residency in Neurology at the Neurological Institute of Columbia Presbyterian. This was followed by a fellowship in Movement Disorders, also at the Neurological Institute, during which she developed her research interests in neuroprotection. Dr. Henchcliffe now serves as Director of the Parkinson’s Institute at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

CYNTHIA HOPKINS is the recipient of the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater, honoring her work as a writer, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the ensemble company Accinosco – a collective of performing artists, designers, and musicians dedicated to creating groundbreaking original works that meld music, text, technical and theatrical design, and video with unbelievable fact and outrageous fiction (www.accinosco.com) – with whom she has created three full-length works (collectively known as The Accidental Trilogy): Accidental Nostalgia (2005 Bessie Award for Creation); Must Don’t Whip ‘Um (2007 Bessie Award for Design); and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success). These works feature the band Gloria Deluxe (www.gloriadeluxe.com), which Ms. Hopkins formed in 1999 and which has since produced seven full-length albums and performed at numerous venues in New York City and elsewhere.

MORTON KONDRACKE has been a national journalist for 41 years, 18 as executive editor and columnist at Roll Call, the leading newspaper covering the U.S. Congress. Kondracke served as executive editor and senior editor of The New Republic from 1977-1991. He was Washington bureau chief of Newsweek and was a regular panelist on “This Week with David Brinkley,” and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He served for 16 years as a regular panelist on the NBC/PBS public affairs show, “The McLaughlin Group,” and frequently appeared on ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press and NPR. He is a Fox News commentator. Kondracke chronicled his wife Milly’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease in his 2001 book, Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkison¹s Disease, subject of a CBS Sunday Movie Night. Personally and professionally dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, he is a member of both the Parkinson’s Action Network and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Kondracke is a graduate of Dartmouth College and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

FEED/Soho Rep wish to thank
Rachel Yarmolinsky of Columbia University, John A. Selzer, Prof. Christine Mills of NYU for her astute curatorial assistance, THE TRUTH creative and production team, and our wonderful panelists.

Join Us Again
Please join us for our fifth FEED discussion on Thursday May 20. The topic is: “Ancient Tragedy vs. Modern Tragedy” and the participants are Cynthia Hopkins and the playwright Craig Lucas. All events are free and open to the public even if you don’t have a ticket to that evening’s performance.

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