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URI Providence Campus to present original play,
art exhibition about surviving breast cancer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- September 13, 2002 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus will present an inspiring play and a mixed media exhibit during October. Both are focused on surviving breast cancer and are free and open to the public. The URI campus is located at 80 Washington St.

What if you found out you had a predisposition for breast cancer? How would you live with that knowledge? Would it change you? Would you choose to have children?

The play, Passing It On--Mother to Daughter, will explore those questions and others on Oct. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. in the Paff Auditorium, located on the first floor of the campus.

The play centers on the experience of Rhode Island actress Carol Schlink, a third generation breast cancer survivor who co-wrote the play with Steven Pennell, URI Providence Campus artist-in-residence. Pennell directed the research and the production.

Pennell interviewed a dozen local women who were breast cancer survivors or who had family members who were survivors. Segments of those videotaped interviews are interspersed in the one-woman play, giving Schlink’s live performance a responsive dialogue.

The play looks at the relationships between women in the family while dealing with the diagnosis and treatment for cancer. It also examines the changes in women’s lives and in their relationships with others around them.

The play, inspiring and uplifting and often funny, also explores how

the women transformed this experience and how it gave them the strength to get through it.
Schlink is a Providence resident who grew up in Cranston. Returning to school after raising a family, she graduated from Rhode Island College in 1996 with a B.A. in theatre Performance. She is the 1996 recipient of the Rhode Island College Acting Award, RIC Talent Award and the Peter Jeffrey Archambault Award for Theatrical Service to the Community. She was also a nominee in the American College Theatre Festival Acting Competition in 1993, 1994, and 1996.

Schlink has taught theatre to students of all grade levels and directed a variety of theatrical productions. She currently teaches theatre and directs at Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, RI.

Schlink is active in the local theatre scene, performing at 2nd Story Theatre, Perishable Theatre, Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre, NewGate Theatre, and Trinity Repertory Company. Pennell is a Cranston resident, who has taught theatre and directed at RIC, URI, and Brown University, along with work in public and private schools and community theatre. He also taught and directed theatre in New York, Ohio, Germany and Korea.

RE-CREATING IMAGES: To More Than Just Survive, a mixed media exhibit of work by breast cancer survivors and their families along with healing artists who work with breast cancer patients runs Oct. 1 to 31 in the campus gallery.

The exhibit features the work of women who attended "Hanging Out", Awaking Dreams and Warrior Women workshop, "Phenomenal Women: A Photographic Tribute" by photographer Jed Wilcox from the Women and Infants Breast Health Center; "Bottles of Hope", a workshop for cancer patients run by artist and breast cancer survivor Diane Gregoire from the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Arts Program. The exhibit also features the work of Mary Ellen Benoit, Christiane Corbat, Cecelia Casey, Lilian Engel, Winifred Jolicoeur, Rosemary Wentworth, Sandra Salzillo-Shields, Judy Skoogfors, Jaci Udaloff and Webster Terhune.

The URI Providence Campus Gallery is in the 1st and 2nd floor lobby. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9-5, Friday and Saturday 9-4, closed Sunday. The play and the exhibit are held in conjunction with the URI fall Honors Colloquium Genetic Technology and Public Policy in the New Millennium, a public lecture series dealing with the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by the evolving genetic technology.

For information: Steve Pennell, 277-5206

Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

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