First, Do No Harm

by J. Thalia Cunningham

FIRST, DO NO HARM is inspired by a real case and explores current themes of medical ethics, medical error and racial profiling – but from the inner realm of a physician’s world rarely unveiled to the public. Surgeon Dr. Elissa Kerry performs a routine appendectomy on 21-year-old African-American Treshaun Clester, who unexpectedly dies on the operating table. Dr. Kerry breaks the news to Mattie Clester, Treshaun’s mother, who seeks answers from Mr. Hatcher, the hospital’s CEO. Internal and external investigation into the case propel Dr. Kerry into a nightmare, as both her professional and personal lives disintegrate. Through a series of encounters over coffee in the hospital’s vending machine room, Dr. Kerry and Mattie journey together as mothers through grief, guilt, loss, and self-discovery, helping one another to move forward with their lives.

  • Cast Size: 1M 3W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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