Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Sales Date: 2023-10-15
Available: October 2023
118 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.44 in
Not Yet Published
World War II veteran Hank Dunfield is about to turn one hundred years old. The staff at Ponderosa Pine Lodge have recruited Sarah, a young nursing student, to keep Hank safe, comfortable, and in the building while they plan a grand centenarian celebration. There?s one problem: Hank doesn?t want to live that long.
Seemingly opposites, Hank and Sarah kindle a deep friendship. Sarah fears the future with multiple sclerosis will be even more isolated, difficult, and painful than the isolated, difficult, and painful present. Hank, a tail gunner during the Second World War, opens his heart to share the deep knowledge of fear, luck, and flying into battle he learned over his. combat missions. Sarah and Hank find strength in each other as they face their deepest fears.
Based on interviews with veterans in Alberta seniors? homes and the skilled nurses who care for them, Flight Risk is the story of finding exactly who you need when you least expect it. An empathetic exploration of grief, friendship, and hope, this play asks what we lose when we ignore the knowledge of our elderly, challenges the way that we think about aging and death, and inspires a brighter, more compassionate future.
Just an all-round winner Ann Connors, High Performance Rodeo
A lovely story takes flight Jenna Shummoogum, getdown.ca
Offers chuckles and insights in abundance Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald
Meg has an ingenious ability to blend humour with sadness. A wonderful play to see. R. Douglas Francis, University of Calgary