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The Endgame Project

Photo by Peter Angelo Simon

General Info

Grant Name The Endgame Project
Organization Arizona State University – School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
Amount $2,000
City Glendale, AZ

Description

Dan Moran and John Christopher Jones represent six decades of acting between them. They met in 1995 while sharing a dressing room on Broadway. Now they share another bond: both have Parkinson’s disease. In spite of this, Dan and Chris continue to work as actors. In THE ENDGAME PROJECT they shine a light on their daily battle against this crippling disease while putting up a production of Samuel Beckett’s darkly comic Endgame.
The free film screening and discussion takes place Thursday, April 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Beaus Center for Law and Society on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. This program is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

Over a million Americans are afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, with 50,000 to 60,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Arizona is faced with a disproportionately high number due to our aging population. The Endgame Project is a documentary film about an extraordinary production of Samuel Beckett’s darkly comic play – extraordinary because it was organized and acted by Dan Moran and Chris Jones, two seasoned film and stage actors who live with Parkinson’s Disease. The film follows Dan and Chris through rehearsals, doctor visits, physical therapy, and the challenges of daily life, culminating in their poignant performance of the play (one uniquely suited to the circumstances) in an off-Broadway theater.  Their story offers inspiration to the growing number of people directly impacted by Parkinson’s Disease and, just as important, it provides the general public with a model for appreciating those around us with chronic illnesses and neurodegenerative conditions. The reception and Q & A session after the film screening will allow members of the audience to reflect on these challenges and discuss the many ways that art – not just acting, but the related fields of dance, music, and literature – can help those suffering from chronic illness to meet these challenges, to endure, and even to thrive in the face of disease and disability.

March 2017 Grantee Highlight