Arts Around Town: Organ donation hits home with Global ImpACTORS production

WFMZ |  Susan Kaplan
A family that has experienced one of its own receiving an organ transplant knows what a precious gift has been received -- the gift of life. Such testimonies by local recipients will be presented Saturday at a "Talk Back" following Global ImpACTORS Group (GIG) production of Sean Grennan's comedy/drama, "The Tin Woman," at the Macungie Institute. The play, which follows the journey of a recent heart transplant recipient exploring her second chance with a new heart and the donor's family, opens Friday and runs through May 20.

"This new dynamic enthralls us as we become absorbed in each character's predicament," explained Tesia Nicoli, artistic director of GIG. "We laugh through our tears as the characters fight to find the new normal under extraordinary circumstances."

Nicoli said Saturday's "Talk Back" following the 7 p.m. performance will have her cast and crew on a panel with heart transplant recipient Todd Stickel of Macungie, Lehigh County, and Sue Seidel, chair of Gift of Life's Lehigh Valley Coalition and also a donor family. Seidel's son, Brian, was a donor 15 years ago following a motorcycle accident in Florida. Questions and feedback from audience members is encouraged, Nicoli said. Continue reading

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