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Two Black American dads and daughter, Phoenix, take a journey through brain cancer. Poetry, songs and fables enrich Phoenix’s internal sense of self. She rises from the ashes of hardship, where cancer becomes a minor character in her story.


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Playwright, Sharon Frances / Director, Daphnie Sicre

Phoenix: Allesse Patterson / Eagle: Karl O’Brian Williams

Duck: Chris Berry / Ing: Isabella Johnson

Hen: Camila Robles /  Narrator: Katie Laszynski

Doctor: Jaelyn Williams /  Ensemble: Joceylyn Noemi Perez

Stage Manager and Sound Design: Mackenzie Ross

Creative Arts Workshop

Making art about what matters to us. This is part of telling our story.  What is your story?  Everyone has one! Draw, collage, sew, sing, act. We want to hear what matters to you! Led by Sara Trail, Social  Justice Sewing Academy.

Panel Discussion
Black and LGBTQ Family Lives Matter:
Emotional Well-Being during Cancer and COVID-19

Lauren Carson, Black Girls Smile  / Dr. Sharon Frances, Well Beings Studio
Dr. Natalie Kelly, Neuropsychologist, City of Hope /  Ernesta Wright, G.R.E.E.N Foundation
Hosted by Karl O’Brian Williams

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