Astoria performer wants to talk to you about your mortality

Writer Taren Sterry performs her monologue "180 Days." Photo courtesy Bruce Silcox

Writer Taren Sterry performs her monologue “180 Days.” Photo courtesy Bruce Silcox

Taren Sterry likes to talk about death.

The Astoria resident works for Visting Nurse Services of New York, where she trains volunteers for its hospice and palliative care program.

Sterry realizes the topic makes people uncomfortable.

“It can be a cocktail party killer,” she said. “Death is the final taboo.”

But she doesn’t avoid the subject. Instead she talks about it a lot, with as many people as she can.

She has even turned her experiences in hospice into a theatrical monologue titled “180 Days,” which she recently performed at Stage Left Studio in Chelsea.

Read more about Sterry and her piece at the TimesLedger Newspaper

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