Julie Jensen's "Winter"

Oct 11, 2016

Tuesday, we’re talking about Utah playwright Julie Jensen’s Winter, premiering this week at Salt Lake Acting Company. It’s the story of a woman sinking into dementia and determined to end her life before she loses her dignity. Her husband isn’t ready to carry out their pact though, and her sons argue over what they think is best for their parents. Jensen and others join us to talk about the difficult choices facing each character, and why Jensen says this subject is “hideously important.”

Salt Lake Acting Company's production of Winter runs October 12 through November 13. For tickets and information, visit saltlakeactingcompany.org or call 801-363-7522

  • On Saturday, November 5, the League of Women Voters will host a panel discussion following the 2:00 p.m. matinee. It will be moderated by KUER news director Terry Gildea, with philosopher Margaret Pabst Battin, Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Playwright Julie Jensen, hospice specialist Liana B. Teteberg. They'll talk about the play, and about the League's Death with Dignity study. For tickets to this special performance, call 801-363-7522

Inspired by Robeck​ in Margaret Pabst Battin's Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die [Indiebound|Amazon]

From VideoWest

When the time is right, Gerda Saunders is going to take her own life. Gerda has a progressive form of dementia and we’ve been following her during this process. Of course, identifying the right time is going to be difficult, but she knows her family will support her when she makes the call. Life is over, she told us, when you stop having the ability to make your mark in the world.

Gerda: The Body That Is Left from KUER's VideoWest/RadioWest on Vimeo.