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Could I Have This Dance?
By Doug Haverty


Toni Sawyer and Elizabeth Norment


Director
Producer
Scenic Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Costume Designer
Technical Director
Assistant Director

Jules Aaron
Barbara Beckley
Susan Gratch
Michael Gilliam
Tom Rincker
Fontella Boone
Hap Lawrence
Richard L. Pedersen

CAST (in order of appearance):

Jeannette Glendenning
Monica Glendenninng
Hank Glendenning
Amanda Glendenning
Errol Watkins
Colin McMann
Toni Sawyer
Elizabeth Norment
John Bluto
Bonita Friedericy
Gil Johnson
Robert Stoeckle

The action takes place in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, the home of the Glendennings as well as the office of Grapevine Public Relations.

The time is 1988. It is Spring.
 

ACT I

Scene 1: Late morning.
Scene 2: Two weeks later, evening.
 

ACT II

Scene 1: Six weeks later, late morning.
Scene 2: One month later, late morning.
Scene 3: Six weeks later, dusk.
 



 

Huntington’s Disease

In 1630, three men whose families had been persecuted for witchcraft in England emigrated to the North American colonies. These men and their descendants had repeated problems with the law in the colonies, and several family members were tried and executed for witchcraft. One of the original three men settled in East Hampton, Long Island, New York. His descendants, the Mulford family, were locally notorious for being afflicted with a strange and frightening disease.

As a boy, George Huntington had the opportunity to visit patients with his father and grandfather, both of whom were general practitioners in East Hampton. Huntington was fascinated by the odd disease afflicting the Mulfords. In 1872, soon after graduation from medical school, he wrote his first and only paper, "On Chorea," which described the illness that now bears his name.

In his paper, Huntington described all of the salient features of the disease: its onset at middle age, its motor, cognitive and behavioral symptoms, and its progressive, ultimately fatal course . . .

In the United States and most Western countries, between four and ten individuals per 100,000 [have Huntington’s]. The disease is somewhat less common in Asia . . . Most cases in the United States can be traced to the three original settlers who arrive in 1630.

. . . All persons who carry the Huntington’s gene will ultimately develop the disease, assuming that they live long enough. Each child of a person carrying the gene has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disorder. Since Huntington’s does not skip generations, a person who does not ultimately develop the disease cannot pass it on.

Jonathan T. Stewart, M.D.
University of Florida
College of Medicine
 

Note: medical science has developed a test to identify a "marker" indicating the presence of the Huntington’s gene; however, the gene itself has not been located.
 

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