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Fall: POST-SHOW CONVERSATION — JENNIFER GUAN & MINH-THUY NGUYEN FROM THE “BOSTON UNIVERSITY FOR DOWN SYNDROME” PROGRAM

6/9/2018 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
2pm

Explore the context and significance of Fall with Jennifer Guan and Minh-Thuy Nguyen from the “Boston University for Down Syndrome” program, following the 2pm performance on June 9.

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Minh-Thuy Nguyen is a second-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. Ms. Nguyen was born and raised in Vietnam until moving to the Lowell, Massachusetts in 2000. She attended Boston University and majored in biomedical engineering. Afterwards, she worked as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she was able learned more about Down syndrome. Most of the Ms. Nguyen’s interactions with the Down syndrome community was through the pediatric patients at the Cardiac Inpatient Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she volunteered for two years. Upon matriculation to medical school in 2017, Ms. Nguyen wanted to learn more about Down syndrome and joined the Boston University for Down Syndrome (BUDS) program. Through the program, she was matched with her buddy Jennifer and has been spending time with Jennifer monthly ever since. 

Jennifer Guan is a differently abled young adult who grew up in New Jersey. She went through the special education program in the School District of Edison Township and graduated from John P. Steven High School in June 2009 (with diploma). Throughout her school years, she developed a passion for working in libraries and with the help of her special education assistant teachers, she spent hours each week working in school libraries. This effort enabled her to learn and obtain a number of important skills as an assistant in the library. In 2010, Ms. Guan moved to Shanghai, China, with her mother who was on an international assignment. While in Shanghai, she volunteered as a library assistant in international schools. Ms. Guan relocated to Massachusetts in 2017 and is currently working as a part-time intern in the Boston Children’s Hospital Down Syndrome Clinic. Since last fall, she has participated in the BUDS program that pairs future physicians with teens or young adults with Down syndrome. It has been a great experience for her to interact with Ms. Nguyen and other medical students in various activities. She enjoys reading, watching movies, yoga, pilates, zumba, and traveling with her family.

 

About Fall

Arthur Miller, the most celebrated American playwright of the 20th century, was said to be the moral conscience of the nation, but he had a secret: a son born with Down syndrome whom he refused to acknowledge. Renowned reporter Bernard Weinraub explores the fascinating untold story of Miller and his third wife, photographer Inge Morath, and the divide between their public personas and private lives.

This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Approximate run time: Fall plays in approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission. Please note that cocoa shell cigarettes (100% nicotine free) will be smoked during this performance.



 

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Bernard Weinraub“Artistic Director Peter DuBois has been the driving force behind this production of Fall. Peter's encouragement, optimism, and talent has made this play possible. The fact that the play's premiere is taking place at the Huntington is simply thrilling.”— Playwright Bernard Weinraub

 

Peter DuBois“Arthur Miller wrote many plays about the sins of a father being visited on a son, and as a writer he provided a moral compass for a generation. Bernard Weinraub’s exploration of a playwright iconic to our times is a story that has remained with me since the first time I read the script. I’m proud Boston audiences will be the first to see this show and discover more about a playwright that they thought they knew.”— Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois

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