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More than 750,000 Americans experience strokes each year. In 2015, writer and performer Michael Shutt survived three. This is his story.
Hilarious and poignant, A Lesson In Swimming takes you inside Michael's brain as it “breaks” and invites you to experience how deep the cracks really go. Left partially blind, partially paralyzed, and partial to chocolate pudding, Michael sets out on a quest to put the pieces of his broken brain back together and ultimately discovers that what he first perceived to be broken, may instead have actually been cracked open.
This audio production of A Lesson in Swimming is produced by Plain Wood Productions, written and performed by Michael Shutt, directed and dramaturged by Diana Wyenn, and features sound design, music, and engineering by John Zalewski.
A Lesson in Swimming (the radio play) has been supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
A Lesson in Swimming was initially developed in Terrie Silverman’s Creative Rites Masterclass and received a workshop production at Moving Arts with director and dramaturg Diana Wyenn.