Actress Megan Cole will present the one-woman play, "The Faraway Nearby: Life-and-Death Choices through the Patient's Lens," March 8 at Mayo Clinic's Gonda Building.

The play was written to give voice to a patient on a ventilator, and considers the important question of what makes a life worth living. What questions arise when a life should end? Where is the patient's voice when silenced by a ventilator?

Cole has appeared on stage and TV, including guest-star appearances on "ER," "Seinfeld" "Judging Amy" and various "Star Trek" productions. She originated the lead role in the drama "Wit," for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Play.

Cole conducts workshops and gives public talks on the human face of medicine.

The performance is at 6:30 p.m. in Geffen Auditorium. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested to humanitiesrochester@mayo.edu.

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