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.
With compositions and live score:
Matt Lau (electric bass)
Melissa McCann (voice)
Lucie Vítková (voice)
Coleman Zurkowski (piano)
Performance stills from videography by Jenny Schweitzer