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Ryan Elisabeth Reid Puts Alzheimer’s on Stage
Ryan Elisabeth Reid’s “soft rebellion” reveals hard truths about Alzheimer’s.
When 23-year-old Ryan Elisabeth Reid made The New York Times last year, it wasn’t for her recognizable last name (Senator Harry Reid, majority leader of the Senate, is her grandfather, and Rory Reid, the former Clark County commissioner, is her father). It was instead her first play, One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle, an intimate glimpse into the life of a man living with Alzheimer’s, which debuted in Brooklyn, that garnered attention.
In fact, Reid admits that her life as an artist could be considered a “soft rebellion” against her political family—although she considers her art a form of activism. “My goal is to bring people face-to-face with Alzheimer’s, even if it’s hard to watch,” she says.
After the show’s run ended, Reid’s work with Alzheimer’s patients continued, which led her to revise the play, introducing more characters, moments, and memories from Henri’s life. The new play, simply titled Henri, is headed to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts for 13 performances, each followed by a Q&A session with physicians from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Effecting change by eliciting emotion is Reid’s political tool of choice, and her goal is to tell stories of and for people who cannot advocate for themselves. Henri runs October 17–26 in the Troesh Studio Theater at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $49 and are available at thesmithcenter.com.
Vegas Gets Wicked...Again
The inaugural Broadway show to play The Smith Center when it opened in 2012, Wicked returns by popular demand this month. The winner of more than 50 major awards, Broadway’s best-selling production six years running continues to break box-office records across the country. October 8-November 9 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
RiSE to the Occasion
Each paper lantern represents a hope, a dream, a resolution, a wish—and this month thousands will release their lanterns together over the Jean Dry Lake Bed in the Mojave Desert as part of the RiSE Lantern Festival, promising a magical desert display of this centuries-old Balinese tradition. Even better, RiSE leaves no trace: The organizers will be able to retrieve nearly all of the lanterns, and they purchase carbon offsets for every vehicle they use in bussing people in for the magical nighttime event from the Las Vegas Strip. October 18 at sunset. For more information, visit risefestival.com.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SETH OLENICK (REID); JOAN MARCUS (WICKED)