Radical surgical procedure, family and Parkinson's Disease are the center for conflict in the new play, Handshake, running Jan. 13-30 at New York City's Miranda Theatre. Multi-Emmy winner Yanna Kroyt-Brandt (Baryshnikov's "Nutcracker") directs. Setting true histories of Parkinson's Disease cases into a family story line typical of a person facing a major, radical surgery, Handshake follows a man suffering from the tremors and imbalances of Parkinson's who decides, with or without his wife and children's approval, to undergo a pallidotomy, a new surgery being performed by his surgeon for the first time. Julie Gilbert (The Cottage, "Opposite Attraction") collaborated with Dr. Robert A. Brodner, a neurosurgeon, on the play, combining his knowledge of pallidotomy with her writing.
Brian Delate stars as the patient. His roles have included Truman's father in "The Truman Show," "The Shawshank Redemption" and a well-received part in Tracers, both in London and New York. Also in the cast are Dan Pinto (the surgeon), Donal Symington (the HMO review doctor), Ariane Brandt (the daughter), Oliver Vaquer (the son) and M. J. Karmi (the wife).
Designing Handshake are Daniella Galli (sets), Matthew E. Adelson (lighting), Mattie Ulrich (costumes) and David Wright (sound).
Tickets are $12 and available by calling Ticket Central (212) 279-4200. The Miranda Theatre is located at 259 West 30th Street.
-- By Christine Ehren