Celebrate Black History Month through a powerful performance entitled Being Henrietta by Monique Gaffney, distinguished alumna, actor/dancer, and daughter of Dr. Floyd Gaffney -- one of the founding faculty of UCSD’s renowned department of theatre and dance. Being Henrietta explores the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cancer cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine, with damaging consequences for her family who today can’t afford access to the health care advances their mother’s cells helped make possible. Written by current MFA student Jeff Augustin with Monique Gaffney and directed by Professor Nadine George.
Following the performance, there will be a discussion with the artists and faculty experts to explore the ethical, gender and medical implications in more depth. This is the second performance by Monique, as a part of the Thurgood Marshall College Artist-in-Residence Program. The first, entitled Anita Hill Imagining, was performed on November 16th and featured the story of Anita Hill.
6pm - Pre-reception on Arthur Wagener Theatre Patio
7pm - Being Henrietta in the Arthur Wagner Theatre
8pm - Expert panel Q/A post performance
Free and open to the public: seating is limited to 100
Parking is available in Lots 102, 103, and 104, near the Theatre District. Weeknight passes are available for $2. Directions and parking information.
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Presented by Thurgood Marshall College, UCSD Alumni, Parent & Family Giving & the Theatre & Dance Department.
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