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Frontline: A Verbatim Play The Carthage Theatre Department presents “Frontline,” a verbatim play based on interviews with frontline healthcare workers across the country and created by the 2022 Carthage Verbatim Theatre class.The production will take place in the Studio Theatre.


Oct. 13-15 | 7:30 p.m.

“Frontline” tells the real-life story of the heroes behind the COVID-19 pandemic: essential health workers. In this performance, audiences will hear about the strength and bravery required every single day of the early pandemic and the never-ending struggles these incredible workers conquered through an unimaginable crisis.

The play marks the launch of an interprofessional health education program that connects Carthage’s nursing curriculum with related disciplines across the College. Supported by the gift of the Franklin I. and Irene List Saemann Foundation, interprofessional education is an expansive, interdisciplinary approach to nurse education, which prepares future nurses to provide holistic, collaborative care to improve health outcomes, build relationships and professional resiliency, and promote a more human-centered approach to healthcare.

“Frontline” is an example of such an interdisciplinarity approach, highlighting ways that the arts can be used to process trauma, build professional resiliency, and increase empathy for and within the nursing profession. The play brings broad awareness to real-life stories and personal narratives that otherwise go unsaid and is an important example of how the College can leverage its arts and humanities programming to bring depth and compassion to our professional majors.

This limited-run, blackbox production will feature an all alumni ensemble, with original costumes, music, and lighting also designed by alumni.

  • Direction: Professor Martin McClendon with Brea Beelow ’13
  • Music: Kaila Bingen ’15
  • Costume Design: Geovanni Virella-Torres ’22
  • Technical Direction and Lighting Design: Zackary Simonini ’12
  • Performers: Rae Pare ’15, Adrianna Jones ’22, Zoe Gatz ’22, Leah Gawel ’19, Darien Hiller ’20, and Cait DiGiacomo ’10 


  • General Admission: $15
  • Carthage Students: pay-what-you-can*

To purchase tickets, please visit 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office at 262-551-6661 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. All ticket sales for “Frontline” will be donated to the Shalom Center.

*Carthage students have a pay-what-you-can option, but still need tickets for the performance.

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