A couple of weeks ago, seven actors and a director sat with a young man who shared his story as he waited for a kidney and pancreas transplant. It was eye opening. There are approximately 113,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list as of January 2019. Every 10 minutes another person is added to that list. It’s an overwhelming statistic, and one that people don’t really like to think about. There is information out there, but it seems less of a priority until someone is personally in need, or knows someone who is need. Then there is the process of how one finally receives a lifesaving organ. So how do you get more people talking about this issue?
This conversation is being brought to life onstage and A.D. Players at The George Theater through Mark St. Germain’s play The God Committee. He puts us in the room with the team of specialists and walks us through the conversations that happen around the table which determine who gets this precious organ and why. The questions raised in this play should open our eyes to the greater need, but also help us examine ourselves and the decisions we make every day based on judgement calls. This is one of those plays that keeps us on the edge of our seats and makes us think.
In an attempt to bring even more awareness, A.D. Players will have talk backs after two of the Sunday matinee performances, with real transplant patients, doctors, and members of an ethics committee. Kevin Dean, Artistic Director of A.D. Players, said presenting a show like The God Committee allows people to ask questions and think about topics that they may not normally address, and it does so in a way that challenges thinking and connects to their emotions. When we can put ourselves in someone else’s situation without having to actually experience it first, we are able to take action and be part of the change.
The show runs May 17 to June 2, with previews on May 15 and 16. Shows are Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or through the Box Office at 713-526-2721.