“Frontline” is the third verbatim theatre piece performed at Carthage, preceded by the productions of Fighting For Home and Afghanistan/Wisconsin. The original writers of the project are: Nicky Caldwell Jacqueline Chiakas, Andrea Fuentes, Theresa Kalb, Massimo Manfredini, Martin McClendon, Valerie Nicolussi, and Melissa Schmidt. The new draft is being edited by the cast to be seen in the Studio, which includes: Rae Pare, Adrianna Jones, Caitlin DiGiacomo, Darien Hiller, Leah Gawel Keller and Zoe Gatz.
All proceeds made by ticket sales for this production will be donated directly to the Shalom Center right here in Kenosha. Audiences are advised to be aware of the mature themes present which include death, miscarriage, and infant mortality.
The play marks the launch of an interprofessional health education program that connects Carthage’s nursing curriculum with related disciplines across the college. Supported by the gift of the Franklin I. and Irene List Saemann Foundation, interprofessional education is an expansive, interdisciplinary approach to nurse education, which prepares future nurses to provide holistic, collaborative care to improve health outcomes, build relationships and professional resiliency, and promote a more human-centered approach to healthcare. Frontline is an example of such interdisciplinarity, and of ways that the arts can be used to process trauma, build professional resiliency, and increase empathy for and within the nursing profession. The play brings broad awareness to real-life stories and personal narratives that otherwise go unsaid, and is an important example of how the college can leverage its arts and humanities programming to bring depth and compassion to our professional majors as well.