MEDIA ADVISORY: 'Stroke — History, Healthcare, Humanity' symposium to include world premiere and special performance

On May 16, Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and Long Wharf Theatre (LWT) will present “Stroke — History, Healthcare, Humanity” at Long Wharf Theatre. This event is part of YSPH’s Centennial Celebration and LWT’s Global Health and the Arts Initiative, which brings together leaders from science, industry, finance, and the arts to examine pressing global public health issues through their respective and complementary lenses.

The event begins at 4 p.m. with a symposium moderated by YSPH professors Jeannette Ickovics and Judith Lichtman. In a discussion designed to be both lively and interactive, panelists and audience members will examine the historical and cultural aspects of former First Lady Edith Wilson’s experience caring for her husband in the White House after he suffered a stroke. The panel will also explore current clinical, research, and rehabilitative issues faced by survivors of stroke, a condition that affects 15 million people worldwide each year.

Other Yale speakers include professors Beverly Gage (20th-century American history), Henry Cowles (history of medicine), Laura Wexler (American studies), David Greer (neurology), and Alyse Sicklick (rehabilitation).

After the symposium and gala dinner, the world premiere of “The Second Mrs. Wilson” will be staged at LWT. The play is by Joe DiPietroand directed by Gordon Edelstein.

There will also be a special performance by celebrated Metropolitan Opera bass, and stroke survivor, Eric Jordan.

About the play:

Edith Wilson finds herself a woman in a man’s world when she marries President Woodrow Wilson. A circle of congressmen, cabinet members, and other Old Boys surround the couple, disapproving in equal measure of their love and their refusal to compromise. When Wilson falls ill, Edith, with effortless ease, maneuvers her way around the White House, outsmarting the men who would derail her beloved Woodrow’s dream of world peace. Yet, will her unstinting devotion be their downfall? “The Second Mrs. Wilson is the stylish and romantic recounting of the real life incident when a woman became the de facto president of the United States.

This event is part of the Yale School of Public Health Centennial Celebration.It is sponsored by Medtronic and Pfizer, with additional support from the American Heart Association.

Special tickets for the symposium, dinner, and performance are available through Yale School of Public Health. Order online or call the YSPH Alumni Affairs Office at 203-785-6245.

Theater tickets only are available through Long Wharf Theatre box office (203-787-4282 or longwharf.org). Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven, CT 06511.

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