Alzheimer’s is topping many national conversations following last month’s Oscars:  Best Actress to Julianne Moore for poignantly portraying a wife and mother with dementia and a nomination for Glen Campell’s heart-rending song about living with Alzheimer’s, the last song he’ll ever record... 


Now Seattle brings this conversation home with two evenings of award-winning drama: The MemoryCare Plays on May 8 & 9 at Taproot’s Isaac Studio Theatre. Dr. Soo Borson, Professor Emerita at University of Washington School of Medicine and a dementia specialist, will facilitate a conversation with the audience after the plays to educate and bring emotional connection to the realities associated with memory loss. The event is co-produced by Taproot Theatre, Full Life Care and Phinney Neighborhood Association-Greenwood Senior Center.


The evening includes staged readings of three one-act plays by professional actors from Taproot Theatre. Each one speaks to the humanity, dignity and love that go hand-in-hand with the journey of loving and caring for family members with memory loss. Audiences will be able to respond to each of the plays and talk about them with Dr. Borson at the conclusion of the evening.



May 8, Opening Night:

  • $100 – Benefactors, includes a preshow reception and a signed book by local author, Esther Altshul Helfgott.
  • $50 – Patrons, includes a preshow reception.

May 9:

  • $25 general seating
  • $15 seniors/students

All performances are held at Taproot Theatre Company’s Isaac Studio Theatre:
212 North 85th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Tickets are available through Brown paper Tickets at or by calling 1-800-838-3006x1. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the hiring of teaching artists to bring arts programs to organizations serving individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. 


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Our thanks to:

Full Life Care, premiere sponsor Careforce, gold sponsor Aegis Living, gold sponsor Merrill Gardens at First Hill, silver sponsor Alzheimer’s Association, silver sponsor


For more information about the event, its sponsors and communication partners, contact Cecily Kaplan at or call 206-297-0875.

About the MemoryCare Plays: The MemoryCare Plays came about through the efforts of Dr. Margaret Noel and the MemoryCare organization, based in Asheville, North Carolina. The organization put out a call in 2012 for one-act plays that highlight the issues families face when a loved one suffers from dementia. The result was 91 submissions from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. The final scripts which comprise The MemoryCare Plays were selected by a juried committee based on the playwright’s insight and skill in communicating themes and ideas in a way that would deepen understanding for families, caregivers and the larger community.


The MemoryCare Plays received a bronze medal for best anthology at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards which honor the year’s best independently published books. The 2014 “IPPY” Awards contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas. For more information go