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A Lesson in Swimming 

(2018 – Present) Director and Dramatrg

Writer/performer Michael Shutt is a three-time stroke survivor. This is his story. Hilarious and poignant, A Lesson in Swimming is a five-part radio play that takes you inside his brain as it “breaks” and invites you to experience how deep the cracks really go. 

Chapter 1: Something Cracks 


Chapter 2:  What’s Your Emergency? 


Chapter 3: Sink or Swim 


Chapter 4: The Hour Of Our Death 


Chapter 5: A Life Worth Living 

Listen now on Apple Podcasts

Awards

Winner, Audio Production of the Year from the Young-Howze Theater Awards, 2022

Presentations

January 2021

Adapted and released as a 5-part audio production

 

May 2020 

World premiere presented by Moving Arts delayed due to pandemic

August 26–September 5, 2019

Workshop production presented by Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theater ​

 

May 4, 2019

Staged reading presented by Moving Arts at Harmony Toluca Lake​

Credits 

Michael Shutt, playwright and performer

Diana Wyenn, director and dramaturg

John Zalewski, sound design, music, engineering

This 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. Note: Any findings, opinions, or conclusions contained herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Arts and Disability Center.


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.

Additional links

Michael Shutt's Website