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Play coming to Indianapolis addressing health equity in Alzheimer’s care, research

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A stage play bringing entertainment and awareness makes its way to Circle City this spring.  

In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, “Unforgettable” is an emotional play about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. It is coming to the Madam Walker Legacy Center on April 13.  

“The national association started the play as a pilot project, and we’re happy to extend that project to this following year,” said Vivien Carter, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.  

“Indianapolis was one of ten host cities selected to bring the play here. The play also sheds light on the importance of recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s, with detection and diagnosis of the disease and the importance of underrepresented communities and participating in clinical trials.” 

The play, developed by Gdavis Productions and Films and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, features a stellar cast of characters who were a part of the drama series “Daddy’s Boys,” including Dartez Wright and Kenneth Pierce.  

“American Idol” finalist Scott Savol, LeJuene Thompson, member of Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers, and Yessie Rodriguez, from the drama series “My Family,” also star in the play.  

The “Unforgettable” theme song was written by songwriter and vocalist Blanche McAllister, one of the lead singers from the Grammy Award-winning group Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers.  

 Older Black Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as white Americans. Black Americans are also less likely to receive a timely diagnosis, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.  

 Since July 2022, “Unforgettable” has played to capacity audiences in several cities, reaching more than 10,000 individuals.  

“It’s just a culturally relevant way for folks to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia. One thing in my role that I’ve experienced since I’ve been here is our communities don’t like to be preached at,” said Carter.  

“So, to be able to educate the community in a way that resonates with them is extremely important to raising awareness about the disease. With new treatments coming down the pipeline and FDA, it’s important that we reach communities as fast as we can.” 

Tickets are free and available beginning Feb. 12 at unforgettableplay.com

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