Hopeful! Inglis Hall Productions Presents Edge of Life at Athenaeum Theatre (Through November 3, 2018)

Bill is being treated for cancer with chemotherapy.  It’s causing him to throw up constantly and he feels terrible all the time. His prognosis is grim and he wants to return home to die with dignity. His wife and his doctor insist he is depressed and want him to continue fighting.

Gertrude is 93 years old and is surviving on life support with little hope for recovery. Her doctor wants to keep her on the machines. Her grandson, who she raised, must make the decision for her because she doesn’t have a living will.


This play takes these very difficult issues and puts a face on them. It could be a very depressing story, but instead it is hopeful. Currently only 6 states have death with dignity statues. This production will start conversations about this issue and hopefully Illinois will join the list.


The set is built upon a circular stage that rotates to show three separate rooms. It’s a great way to fully utilize the space and puts the set on par with Steppenwolf, who used a similar set up for Linda Vista.

Get tickets now for Edge of Life through November 3!

Cost of a ticket: $40

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It!

New Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney

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