May 15, 2016 · 2:00pm

Two showings: 2pm and 4pm
no cover


We will have two screenings of Death Valley: A Love Story.

Death Valley: A Love Story


These are the first public screenings of the DVD of this still-evolving stage play written by Sandy Asher, and inspired by the journals, collages, and photographs of Carol Emerson, LCSW and David Nutter, M.D. (Used by permission.)

SYNOPSIS: In the winter of 2003, during their first glorious year of being in love, Carol and David, both therapists and artists, spend a vacation week in Death Valley, where David begins experiencing symptoms that are diagnosed on their return home as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Months of chemotherapy follow, culminating in a bone marrow transplant that goes awry, ending David’s life.  Throughout their ordeal, in an attempt to understand and heal her shattered self, Carol keeps a journal, chronicling her passage through love, loss, grief, and recovery.  This play grew out of the real journals, photographs, and collages that make this universal story poignantly specific.

Currently in production in a revised version as a DVD with guidebook for therapeutic uses in grief counseling.

Filming by Andrea Campbell,

Additional theatrical direction by Laura Korach Howell,

Featuring Mary-Sarah Agliotta as Carol,

Available with “The Landscape of Grief: a Guidebook” from Samaritan Counseling Center,

The first public rehearsed reading of the stage version was held at Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA, on August 22 and 25, 2013, directed by Laura Korach Howell, and featuring Lisa Budwig, Anne Meeder, and Carol Woodman.