Medical School professor to debut one-woman show at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Nancy Rappaport, M.D. at her Cambridge, Mass. home with her dog, Penny. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

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When challenged by our own vulnerability, we are forced to define what we value and hold close. In “Regeneration,” a funny, honest and tender one-women show, Harvard Medical School part-time Associate Professor of Psychiatry Nancy Rappaport, M.D. explores how she cultivated strength and joy while journeying through breast cancer. In a surprising twist, she finds comfort in a most unusual place—a Cambridge landmark designed to offer solace and healing.

Dr. Rappaport will be debuting her show at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct, 1 & 2 at 3:00 p.m. She’ll also be presenting a free rendition of “Regeneration as grand rounds for Harvard Medical School students on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Initiative for Arts and Humanities mini amphitheater TMEC 209, 260 Longwood Ave., Boston.

Dr. Rappaport is the author of the award-winning memoir, “In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide” (2011). Then, as now, she challenges us to find in hardship the opportunity to transform our fear and anger into life-affirming connection to those we love.