This fall, Goat in the Road Productions (GRP), a local theatre company, is presenting its new original play, “Numb,” which recently premiered and will run through December 6. “Numb,” presented in association with the Cachet Art and Culture Program and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum (NOPM), explores the complicated history of anesthesiology and 19th century medicine. “Numb” looks at the ecstasy and intoxication of drugs that alter human consciousness in a quest for pain-free surgery, and the often forgotten human stories that accompany advancement.
Besides just a theatre work, “Numb” has also been a collaboration with local pain experts and public health thinkers with the aim to create a conversation about the changing understanding of pain and its relief. One of the ways GRP is doing this is by creating five podcasts that explore this theme.
The fifth and final Numb podcast features an interview with Amina Massey, the coordinator of Community Based Participatory Research and Community Engagement at Xavier University of New Orleans, about her research working with women of color experiencing chronic pain and illness.
This weekend will conclude “Numb”‘s final run, December 4 – 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the door or online.