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Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Sponsors Stage Play on
Breast Cancer in Black Women

Howard University Performances on April 22, 23 & 25

Washington, DC – Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will sponsor campus performances of FACES: Shades of Survival, a stage play examining the effects of breast cancer on young women of color. Produced by WKYS radio personality Jeannie Jones and written and directed by noted playwright Odell B. Ruffin, FACES chronicles the story of four women whose lives become intertwined as a result of each woman being diagnosed with breast cancer. The audience will travel with them through their journey of intimate moments of pain, fear, acceptance and strength as they form a lifelong bond as a result of their experiences.

"The ladies of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are pleased to host this production,” said Victoria Phifer, chapter president. “Furthermore, as a sisterhood of collegiate women, we want attendees to be inspired to think about breast cancer and its effect in our community.”

“The Howard chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s involvement speaks directly to a broader goal of this production which is to communicate the importance in understanding the intricacies of this disease to young women of color in hopes that they will become as informed as possible,” said Ruffin.

FACES: Shades of Survival will also include local spoken word and vocal artists, creating an unforgettable, multi-dimensional experience. By providing a theatrical depiction of what the FACES of young women of color with breast cancer could look like and how their lives are affected as a result, audiences will be able to better ascertain a few of the realities surrounding this disease.

The production will premiere at the Howard University Blackburn Center Auditorium, 2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC Thursday, April 22, Friday April 23 and Sunday, April 25. There will be nightly shows at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students (with ID). Tickets will be available for purchase prior to each performance in the Blackburn Center auditorium.Cash only will be accepted.

20% of all ticket sales will be donated to The Tigerlily Foundation, Ruffin Entertainment’s non-profit partner in this production. The Foundation educates, advocate for, empowers and provides hands-on services and support to young women (15-40), before, during and after breast cancer.

Other sponsors include The Corporate Office, a full-services business center for small-to medium sized businesses and
WISE magazine, a global Christian-based print and online publication encouraging believers to live a holistically excellent
lifestyle.

For press inquiries or more information, contact Leah Taylor at (202)422-7451 or leah.catherine@gmail.com.

About Ruffin Entertainment
Ruffin Entertainment is a theatre arts, film and media company that develops and creates exceptional works across the theatre arts, media, film and public relations sectors.

About Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Located at Howard University, Alpha Chapter is the founding chapter of the Sorority – an international, non-profit organization of over 250,000 college-educated women around the world. Alpha Chapter continues to build on the rich legacy of the Sorority’s founders, serving the community through programming centered on the Sorority’s five point thrust: educational development, economic development, political awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and international awareness and involvement. For more information, visit www.alphachapterdst.com.

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