Last night was the sixth annual staging of Healing Voices: Caregivers’ Stories, a program presented by the New Jersey Theater Alliance in partnership with the McCarter Theatre Center, George Street Playhouse, Premiere Stages, and Two River Theater Company. More than a hundred writers submitted creative prose, poetry, and theatrical pieces that reflect the theme of caregiving or the personal healing experience for consideration. The sixteen pieces selected by McCarter were then woven together by a professional director into an evening of virtual readings celebrating, exploring, and bearing witness to the caregiving experience. It is an important program that communicates the experience of caregivers for people with disabling illness or infirmities.
One of the scenes in the program came from Ron Enfield’s story “Hands,” a creative nonfiction piece based on his experiences caring for his wife, Diane during the last years of her life. The scene captures the moment when the two met for the first time at a remote wilderness lake in California. The same scene is described in context in greater detail in his new book Incorrigible. You can read an account of that meeting here.