Imagine having lost all feeling from the neck down, but finding if you focus on your right arm you can raise it. Then making that hand grasp the chair and push…now you're standing. More concentration and…you're walking. Then waking up the next morning again with no feeling below your neck, unable again to stand, walk or move.
The Luther College Visual and Performing Arts department presents this and other stories of tragedy and triumph in the play "The Man Who" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Studio II in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.
Inspired by Oliver Sacks' best-seller "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," Luther's performance of "The Man Who" is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Written by Peter Brook and Marie Hélène Estienne, "The Man Who" weaves together the narratives of hospital patients with neurological damage and how they learn to adapt to life.
Under the guidance of Jeff Dintaman, Luther professor of theater, the show will be directed, performed, designed, and managed by Luther students in Dintaman's January Term seminar.
Dintaman received a bachelor's degree in the arts from Western Oregon State College, and a Master of Fine Arts in scene design and theatre technology from the University of Portland. He teaches courses in stagecraft, design and theatre history, and has designed more than 30 productions at Luther.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.