What happens when death and dying is a part of your workplace? How does it change you to be part of the process of dying? A Knock on the Door is a poetically assembled text, performed by the staff of a nursing home. Weaving together interviews with social workers, nurses, dieticians, housekeepers and administrators at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, the performance asks us to consider the profound effects of dying and death, both sacred and mundane, on the work force.  It also challenges us to create a culture that supports everyone in the process – the residents, their families, the staff, and, eventually, us.  A Knock on the Door was created in collaboration with the staff of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and commissioned by the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in partnership with Reimagine End of Life 2018.

November 1, 2018
The Riverside Church
7:00 PM, Free
Watch a live recording HERE

With compositions and live score:
Coleman Zurkowski

Movement direction:
Rachel Bernsen.

Performed by:
Edna Adams
Melody Brown
George Eley
Jennifer Flood-Sukhdeo
Agnes Johnson
Keresha Morrison
Mojdeh Rutigliano
Glendalee Oliveria
Joy Solomon
Nicholas Smith
Matt Lau (electric bass)
Melissa McCann (voice)
Lucie Vítková (voice)
Coleman Zurkowski (piano)


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Performance stills from videography by Jenny Schweitzer