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A Lesson in Swimming 

Written and performed by Michael Shutt 

Directed and dramaturgy by Diana Wyenn

Sound design, music, and engineering by John Zalewski
Graphic by Jagriti Khirwar
Produced by Plain Wood Productions

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 




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.

Production History

January 2021

Adapted, recorded and released as a 5-part radio play

May 2020 

World premiere 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

Additional links

Michael Shutt's Website

Photos of the workshop production by Mae Koo