Manhattan College Hosts a Performance Supporting Alzheimer’s Research

Manhattan College is hosting a performance of To Whom I May Concern, a play performed by volunteers from the community in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 12:20 to 2 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

Manhattan College is hosting a performance of To Whom I May Concern, a play performed by volunteers from the community in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 12:20 to 2 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

This is a unique play that aims to give voice to the experience of living with Alzheimer’s, fashioned from the words of those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Through monologues based on letters, this play describes the social, emotional and medical experiences that 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s encounter every day from their perspectives.

Manhattan College also welcomes back Lydia Panaro, Ph.D., a resident of Mamaroneck, N.Y., retired English professor in American and comparative literature, who returns as one of the four cast members performing at the event.

The play was originally performed in Manhattan and Queens in 2006, and moved to Rockland and Ardsley, N.Y., in 2008. From there, Panaro encouraged founder Maureen Matthews, Ph.D., to take the show on the road again to help others understand the experience of living with Alzheimer’s disease.

This performance is sponsored by the Manhattan College Diversity Committee and is free and open to the public.