keepingabreast, Exploring a Woman's Struggle With Breast Cancer, Will Play FringeNYC

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06 Aug 2012

Manhattan Theatre Mission will present Jackie Rosenfeld's keepingabreast, which explores a woman's struggle with breast cancer and society's emphasis on breasts, beginning Aug. 11 as part of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC).



Jeff Crosley will direct the production at the Studio at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The cast features Cameran Hebb, Kimberley Shoniker and John X. Miller.

Here's how MTM describes the work: "There is great irony in our collective love of breasts and our ability to be grown-ups about them. We dress them up, call them names and treat them as toys, all while revering their beauty and life-giving functionality. keepingabreast is about a single young woman, Mina and her journey to explore society's emphasis on breasts as she makes a difficult decision regarding her treatment after she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Young women face many different struggles than older breast cancer patients. They are still in the their child-bearing years and the effects of cancer treatment can prevent them, not only from breast feeding, but also from conceiving. Younger breast cancer patients often have difficulty with self-esteem and having the confidence to date. keepingabreast uses comedy, cynicism and a touching story to address a very real issue."

Manhattan Theatre Mission, founded by executive director Katy Baker in January 2011, is a "socially-conscious organization, which produces theatre for the benefit of young adults." The company presents projects that support charitable organizations.

keepingabreast was scheduled to run as part of MTM's inaugural season at NYC's Looking Glass Theatre in October 2011. Prior to the show's opening, the NYC venue flooded and forced the production to postpone.

The performance schedule for keepingabreast is Aug. 11 at 4:45 PM, Aug. 12 at 9:15 PM, Aug. 15 at 4:30 PM, Aug. 17 at 9:15 PM and Aug. 19 at 3 PM.

The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. For more information and tickets, visit ManhattanTheatreMission.com or FringeNYC.org.