you probably know Trish Vradenburg as cofounder of Alzheimer's
Action PAC and co-chair of the National Alzheimer's Gala
in Washington D.C., Ms. Vradenburg is also an accomplished writer
for television (Designing Women, Family Ties,
Kate & Allie), print (the book Liberated
Lady and journalist for New York Daily News and
The Boston Globe) and even live stage.
Her most celebrated play to date, Surviving Grace,
makes its local premiere this summer, presented by Rover Dramawerks,
the resident producing company in Plano's Cox Building Playhouse.
Grace is a comedic yet poignant story of a family torn apart by
the onset of Alzheimer's. Given the opportunity of an experimental
treatment, the family and the matriarch Grace rally in what at
first promises a second chance.
autobiography, part fantasy, the play at times parallels Ms. Vradenburg's
own travails with Alzheimer's, having lost both her mother and
mother-in-law to the disease. A renowned wit famous for one line
firecrackers, she says of the play and its similarity to her own
family: "I come from the 'Don't air your dirty linens
in public' family, so if she had seen anything like this ... it
would have killed her anyway."
she wrote the play to bring visibility to a disease that affects
millions of people, yet is rarely discussed openly. "I think,"
she says, "its time has come."
hope you will support this wonderful play and her cause of bringing
awareness of Alzheimer's to the forefront by forwarding this information
to interested individuals, organizations, and communities.
Dramawerks presents Trish Vradenburg's Surviving Grace at Plano's
Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Avenue in Plano, May 31 through
June 23, 2007. For more information call (972) 849-0358 or visit