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MFA Alumna Cast in Actors Equity Benefit in San Francisco Bay Area

MFA Alumna Nancy Madden '77 will appear along with other members of The Bay Area Advisory Committee of Actors Equity Association in a staged benefit performance of MIXED RELIEF, a play about women writers of the Works Progress administration (WPA) as part of LaborFest 2012. Presented as a benefit for The Actor’s Fund, a nationwide human services organization for professionals in the performing arts, MIXED RELIEF is directed by Equity Member Phoebe Moyer and contrasts the stories of three women writers of the WPA with those of contemporary theatre artists. MIXED RELIEF will be performed Monday, July 23, 2012 at The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. MIXED RELIEF gives an insightful look at the writers lives of the WPA (Work Progress Administration) during the Depression. Life stories of writers Anzia Yezierska, Dorothy West and Eudora Welty are juxtaposed with interviews from contemporary women theatre artists, playwrights Kara Lee Corthon, Cassandra Medley, and actor-director Mabou Mimes luminary Ruth Maleczech. Hallie Flanagan and Eleanor Roosevelt, key arts advocates in the 1930’s, make telling appearances. Celebrating the women of the WPA and featuring members of Actors’ Equity Association in Laborfest, this play is a way not only to remind the public that there was amazing artistic development when the Federal Government made a commitment and investment in arts jobs in the 1930’s and that our Labor Unions are critical in the USA.