24-year-old Mickele Hogan’s first full-length play “Mourning the Living” explores the toll Alzheimer’s takes on a husband with the disease and on his anguished, caregiving wife. In today’s show Mickele talks about the wide range of emotions raised in the drama, what she hopes to achieve with it and how her caregiving family continues to influence her life and work. Debuting August 11 at the Thespis Theater Festival in New York City, Mickele’s play was inspired by her summers spent working at Home Instead Senior Care in Omaha, Nebraska. Home Instead is the largest senior care organization in the world; it was founded by Mickele’s parents, Paul and Lori Hogan.
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