Diane Gordon will be reading an abridged version of her script Tony's Cabin , allowing time after for a Q&A between John and the audience.
Tony's Cabin is about two brothers, Tony and John. Tony was diagnosed schizophrenic when he was 17. His survival struggles led him to seek shelter in the bush. John and he eventually find a 44 acre piece of land south of Bancroft where they build a log cabin. Tony lives out the rest of his days there in relative safety. In the script John comes to the cabin one morning needing to talk with Tony about taking on more responsibility for himself. John claims he can find services in town that will move both of them forward. John is also concerned about a new "predator" in Tony's life, Monica, who is threatening to manipulate his property from him. Tony is not there. John muses about their experiences together.
The Cabin is a tribute to, and appreciation of Tony's will to stay alive in the face of incredible odds. It celebrates the belief in moving on. It is a powerful piece that touches on many social issues. It is also an exploration of the detailed imaginative work one caregiver has given to help keep his brother alive. It offers a less traditional model of treatment. It is the celebration of how that care has not only maintained one homeless person but has also led him to learn new survival skills and live somewhat independently.
It also illustrates many caregivers' concerns that they are aging and the person cared for is still incapable of being fully independent because they just don't get stuff - how the world works. What lies in the future for both these people?
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