Ether Dome Boston Globe Insiders Night

11/5/2014 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

The Boston Globe “Ideas” editor Stephen Heuser will moderate a conversation with Dr. Emery N. Brown, Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, about medical innovation and the history of ether. Tickets to the 11/5 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code.

Dr. Brown is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. He is the Director of the Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory at MIT, the co-director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and an associate director of M.I.T.'s Institute for Medical Engineering & Science. Dr. Brown is also a practicing anesthetist at MGH. Brown is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A new treatment promising to end pain pits a doctor and his student in an epic battle between altruism and ambition. Based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846 and set in Boston's own Massachusetts General Hospital, this fascinating new play explores the ecstasy of pain, the sweetness of relief, and the hysteria that erupts when healthcare becomes big business.

Produced in association with Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage, and La Jolla Playhouse.

Approximate run time: two hours and forty minutes including two ten-minute intermissions

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"Elizabeth Egloff's thrilling new exploration of a revolution in modern medicine unfolds in our own back yard, and our collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital will illuminate a lesser-known chapter of our city's rich history. As our nation grapples with a healthcare overhaul, now is the perfect time for Elizabeth and gifted director Michael Wilson to connect the ramifications of this fascinating event to the world we live in."— Peter DuBois
"I an excited to return to the Huntington with Elizabeth Egloff's exhilarating play about America's greatest medical discovery — anesthesia — and the lives destroyed in the wake of creating a new world without pain. Liz is a fiercely intelligent and deeply human writer who has woven a captivating narrative from true events. Ether Dome holds an unflinching mirror up to our ambitious American character and the ways in which class, greed, and prejudice form a twisted path to innovation."— Michael Wilson

Funded in part by The Ensemble Studio Theatre /
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project

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