Playwright Reanae McNeal Performs Iím Every Woman at RIT, March 22
March 13, 2005
by Silandara Bartlett-Gustina
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Playwright Reanae McNeal is a young woman of indomitable spirit. Considered by many as one of the most creative and thought-provoking voices of her generation, she brings a message of perseverance, faith, healing and self-liberation.
She will perform her one-woman show, I'm Every Woman, at Rochester Institute of Technology on March 22. The 6:30 p.m. show in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored in part by the RIT Womenís Center, Center for Residence Life and other RIT departments and programs.
Exploring the power and tenacity of women to survive in and ever-changing world, the play takes a thought-provoking journey through diverse women's lives as they transform themselves, reaching their fullest potential. As they face issues of homelessness, breast cancer, war, sexual abuse, AIDS and domestic violence, they learn the profound lesson of never giving up on love. Each woman seeks to reach her purpose and become the change that she seeks in the world. They learn the heartache of life and the miracles of life, and the ultimate lesson: the value of a woman.
McNeal is an award-winning playwright and the recipient of many community awards including the Afro-Heart Award, Women of a Stolen Legacy Award and the NAACP Appreciation Award. She has toured extensively across the United States, Russia, Hungary and Italy and has been a cultural ambassador in the performing arts in Russia under the special invitation of the Russian Ministry of Culture. She toured the many cities of Russia under the sponsorship of the International Arts Institute telling African-American stories and folktales.