The University's Center for Orphan Drug Research and Theater Arts and Dance Department—in collaboration with community members diagnosed with rare diseases—are producing a play that examines the challenges of those living with rare disorders. Over 7,000 diseases are considered rare, affecting one in ten Americans and their families who face few available effective treatments. The project's goal is to help a state-wide audience gain greater awareness and deeper understanding of the medical, economic, and social challenges facing people with rare diseases. The play will involve UMN students, staff, and faculty; individuals and family members affected by rare diseases; and community organizations. Well-known author and playwright, Kevin Kling, is the playwright. The production will be directed by Luverne Seifert, head of BA Theatre Performance, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Seifert has hired actors and will begin rehearsals in August. Pending confirmation of venue rentals, the play is expected to have eight performances in cities across Minnesota.Visit the website to learn more about the production and view a trailer.
We are grateful to the generous individuals and organizations who have helped make this production possible. If you'd like, please feel free to make a philanthropic gift to support this important work.