phat girls is the most personal piece I've ever written. I never in a million years would have guessed that all these years later, it is still having major resonance for not only the women who perform the play, but the audiences who view it.
One of my former students, Chris Giordano, a senior at Pace University, was bound and determined to direct this play. And his tenacity paid off! Because now, in conjunction with the National Eating Disorders Association Awareness Week (February 26th-March 3rd), phat girls is going to be presented at Pace University to help commemorate NEDA's 25 years of raising awareness for these insidious disorders.
I had the pleasure of meeting the cast via Skype about a week ago, and I was so pleased and proud of these brave women who are willing to go onstage and be vulnerable and talk about things most people would rather keep hidden in the shadows. Awareness has been raised, but the problem still very much exists in our society today among girls and women, boys and men.
Thank you Chris for being so passionate about this project and seeing it through. I feel so very honored and humbled! For information regarding performances of phat girls on February 29th and March 1st, check out the listing in the New York Times. If you are in the area, I hope you are able to attend.
Stay healthy. Stay happy.