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June 22, 2024 , Outcalt Theatre

Reading & TalkBack

Standardized Patient

by Phillip Christian Smith

directed by Miranda Cornell
Made possible by a commission from The Roe Green Fund for New American Plays

What leads someone to become a standardized patient, engaging in role play to help doctors develop a compassionate bedside manner? Listening to the humorous and heart-wrenching stories from the actors he’s interviewing, Derrick, a documentary filmmaker, quickly learns about the roots of empathy, how unsympathetic doctors can learn kindness, and what happens when the line between reality and fiction starts to blur. When his subjects start inquiring about his own medical history and trauma, Derrick is forced to reckon with a form of healing that goes beyond the mere physical.

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