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A Free Artist Workshop Based on the Poetry of Sheryl St. Germain Scheduled for Jan 16, 2015

PITTSBURGH : A workshop presentation of “Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” will take place on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, located at 5015 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.

“Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” is a collaboration between theatre artists Brooke M. Haney and Chris Carcione and the non-profit organization Shining Hope for Communities. The piece aims to raise money and build awareness for Margaret’s Safe Place, a project of Shining Hope.

Adapted by Haney from the poetry of Sheryl St. Germain, the Program Director for Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, and true stories of rape survivors, “Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” confronts rape culture in America and Kenya through the lens of the Medusa myth. A central theme in the play is Medusa’s desire to address what others are saying of her and tell her own story, challenging assumptions often made about sexual assault.

The workshop presentation is free and open to the public.

About Brooke M. Haney
Brooke is a New York based actor who has worked regionally in Seattle, Boston, Orlando, and Kentucky. She has a passion for classical text and new play development. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her MFA in Acting. She joined the leadership council of Shining Hope for Communities in January 2014. Favorite theatre roles include: Mary Bennet and Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (company member for 4 seasons); Hermione in Winter’s Tale with Last Leaf Productions; Claire in the World Premiere of Debbie Lamedman’s Triangle Logic; Kate Percy in 1 Henry 4 at Lexington Shakespeare; and Dee Dee in the site-specific production of Third and Oak: The Laundromat at the All-Brite Laundromat in Boston. TV/Film: A Surprise, directed by Rob Margolies; “A Crime to Remember” and “Unraveled” for the ID Network; and “Greatest Mysteries, Kremlin” for the Travel Channel.

About Chris Carcione
Chris is a director and theater artist based in New York specializing in immersive and environmental theatre. Regionally, he has worked as a teaching artist at Stoneham Theatre and as the Artistic Assistant to Peter DuBois at The Huntington Theatre Company. He is the co-founder and Artistic Manager of the Spontaneous Theater Project, and his production of The Shape of Things staged in a Boston art gallery, was critically-acclaimed. Assistant directing credits include: Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company), David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples (Huntington Theatre Company), and Gina Giofriddo’s Becky Shaw (Huntington Theatre Company), all three directed by Peter DuBois. Chris is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College.

About Sheryl St. Germain
A native of New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain has taught creative writing at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College and Iowa State University. She currently directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University where she also teaches poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Ki Davis Award from the Aspen Writers Foundation, and the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay.

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