The original play “The Cost of Living” was based on the experiences of women in our community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Originally written and produced at Cyrano’s 21 years ago … it is returning as “The Cost of Living … Revisited” with new material. The revised version incorporates new stories of Mat-Su women, and is being produced in the Valley by one of the breast cancer survivors who volunteered her story for the 1992 production. The original script was developed by Lily Ann Nielsen and Catherine Stadem and was based on letters and interviews with 25 Anchorage breast cancer survivors. A book was published featuring that script and images from a photographic exhibit called Beauty and the Breast, with a grant from the Alaska Run for Women. At that time, the chance of getting some form of breast cancer was 1 in 9. And, in fact, at the opening performance of the play one of every nine seats were left empty. Have things changed?
HOSTS: Sandy Harper and Dick Reichman
GUEST: Catherine Stadem, journalist and author of “The History of Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska 1915-2005: From a Wilderness Tent to a Multimillion Dollar Stage.
ORIGINAL BROADCAST: September 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
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