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Community Theater Goes to the Hospital

A community theater group will perform in the waiting room of County Hospital’s Fantus Clinic next week as part of its fall tour of community sites.

Each year Scrap Mettle Soul interviews Uptown-Edgewater residents to collect stories around a particular theme, which the group fashions into a community theater piece, with music and choreography.

Last year the theme was health, and the resulting show was “The Whole World Gets Well,” which ran at Margate Park for a month with a cast of over 80.

“We bring together [in the cast] people who normally wouldn’t talk to each other — teens and old people, rich people and poor people,” said managing director Barbara Michelotti.

In the fall they take a scaled-down version to community sites around the city.

Last week a portion of “Stories Are Good Medicine” (where a dying patient becomes a teacher for his doctor) was performed for medical students, and on November 13 at 7 p.m. the entire show will be featured at the Fantus Clinic’s waiting room.

Other performances are Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Misericordia Home-North, and Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Hamilton Park in Englewood.

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