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Comedian Amy Salloway to perform at URI, Feb. 19

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, RI -- February 1, 2009 -- Hillel-The Jewish Student Center at the University of Rhode Island will present comic-actor, writer and storyteller, Amy Salloway in her one-woman show, Circumference, on Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Swan Hall Auditorium, 60 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI. The show, which contains adult language, is free and open to the public and will be followed by a discussion with the artist.

Largely based on the year Salloway spent trying to get insurance approval for gastric bypass surgery, Circumference takes a sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful look at the ways we're led to love, loathe, reject and reclaim our bodies. As the theatricalized version of "Amy" is forced into constant, daily interactions with the uncooperative body she insists she long ago "got a divorce from," her understanding of its worth and capacity slowly changes, until, in a final, ironic plot twist, her efforts to "get rid of her body forever" become the very force that unexpectedly unite her with it.

Circumference has a loud, clear message of size acceptance, and makes a strong case for eradicating weight-based prejudice, and for following the "Health At Every Size" philosophy. The show has garnered praise and letters of thanks from fat activists, bariatric surgery patients, and individuals with eating disorders, all of whom attest that the story onstage resonates with the issues in their own lives.

Amy Salloway graduated Phi Beta Kappa/Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota, and has lived most of her adult years in Seattle and Minneapolis. Much of her acting and writing work has been in the areas of issue-oriented theatre, children's theatre and educational theatre.
Read more about Salloway's work.

The performance of Circumference at URI is funded in part by the Women's Alliance Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island and is co-sponsored by the URI Counseling Center, Health Services, Women's Center, Multicultural Center, Student Affairs Diversity Committee, Body Image Awareness Committee, GLBT Program Center, Rainbow Diversity House, the Rhode Island Chapter of Hadassah and the South County Jewish Collaborative.

For more information contact Amy Olson at amyolson@mail.uri.edu or call 401-874-2740.