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ANNE BASTING is a young academic who volunteers at a local long-term care community, where she leads circles of five or six RESIDENTS with dementia in dramatic exercises.
ANNE: (with encouragement, but she knows something is missing)
You’re a tree. The wind is blowing you. You’re a tree.
The RESIDENTS hold up their arms and sway back and forth. A few are somewhat sedated from medications.
ANNE: OK. Let’s make it up. Who can tell me a story about the Marlboro Man?
RESIDENT #1: What do you mean?
ANNE: Tell me anything. Tell me something about who you think this person is.
Slowly, the RESIDENTS hazard responses. The man is Fred Astaire. He fishes for food but is so sick of fish that he wouldn’t eat another one if you fried it in gold.