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Performance points to hope, survival in face of breast cancer

U-M Cancer Center, IlluminArt sponsor free theater event Nov. 18

added 11/5/04

Ann Arbor - A diagnosis of breast cancer may seem scary at first. But an innovative production wants to impress people touched by this disease with an uplifting message of courage, persistence and hope.

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center will sponsor For Our Daughters, a theatrical performance that combines live stage acting and singing with filmed interviews with breast cancer survivors and family members. It will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Kellogg Auditorium, 1000 Wall St., Ann Arbor.

For Our Daughters is produced by IlluminArt Productions and Illusion Theater, whose mission is to create theater that illuminates the human condition by addressing societal illusions, myths and realities.

The play grew out of a St. Paul, Minn., woman’s own experience with breast cancer. Joan Wernick’s mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer within four months of each other in 1977. Fourteen years later, Wernick herself developed the disease. She worked with a friend, Gail Hartman, to create something positive from her experience.

The result combines elements of live theater and documentary film. Songs express the emotional aspects of breast cancer, while acted scenes follow one woman’s story from biopsy to surgery to chemotherapy to life after treatment. Interspersed with the live portions are filmed interviews in which women talk about their experiences with breast cancer. All the actors involved in the performance have been affected by breast cancer in their family.

Following the performance, faculty from U-M’s Breast Care Center will be available to answer questions and provide information on area resources.

The performance and parking are free. To reserve seats, please call (800) 865-1125.


Contact: Nicole Fawcett

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