MORPHINE by Gary Swaim
Monday, October 17 at 7pm
ArtCentre Theatre in Plano
5220 Village Creek Drive (map)
Plano, Texas 75093


Dr. Benjamin has undergone heart surgery and finds himself in the predicament of acquiring almost everything the hospital has to give him in the way of other illnesses, resulting in a 6-month hospitalization and a 54-day coma.  During his hospital stay, he encounters himself through morphine-induced hallucinations and the actions of his family and friends.  Comedy meets philosophy. (based not all so loosely on my personal experiences in 2006)

Gary Swaim,  received his A.B. in English from the University of California at Riverside and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the University of Redlands and Claremont Graduate University in California.  A faculty member in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at S.M.U., Dr.Swaim serves as Faculty Advisor for the Creative Writing concentration and Executive Editor for Pony Express(ions).   A broadly published poet (including two chapbooks), produced playwright, published writer of short fiction, and digital painter, Dr. Swaim is additionally honored as a Minnie Stevens Professor of Excellence for the State of Texas and the 2011 Texas Senior Poet Laureate.