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Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Breast Cancer Monologues

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African-American Community

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Information about the Playwright

Professional actor and writer Jean Donatto was identified as the artist for collaboration due to her dedication to educational theater, specifically in health education. She works closely with the Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Young Audiences of Houston. Familiar with the adverse effects of breast cancer in the African-American community on a personal level, Jean brought together all the necessary elements to develop the piece.

“Up Front with the Girls”

Most of us could use a friend like Jackie. A friend who tells it like it is and has our best interests at heart. A friend who can make us think and act to prevent a disease that has already claimed too many: breast cancer. Dynamic actress Jean Donatto brings Jackie to life in a unique and lively 20-minute performance developed in conjunction with doctors and educators from Baylor College of Medicine.

“Up Front with the Girls” is a 20-minute monologue in English.

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Hispanic Community

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Professional writer, director, and producer Sandra V. Pari is internationally known for her talent. She is the executive producer of Bara Comunicaciones, where she has developed numerous video projects. Ms. Pari has worked with the Community Emergency Response Team and has been recognized for her hard work in Christian media communication in by the Final Harvest. Sandra has a passion to empower the Latino community through mass communication.

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Vietnamese Community

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Information about Playwright and Unique Collaboration

Professional actor and writer Jean Donatto was identified as the artist for collaboration due to her dedication to educational theater, specifically in health education. The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities provided Jean with key health messages that were essential to promote in the monologue.

In addition, Ms. Donatto worked closely with the CNCP’s clinical advisory board and the Vietnamese advisers to develop a breast cancer educational monologue that was medically and culturally sound to the Vietnamese community. Once the script was developed, it was translated into Vietnamese. Jean worked closely with actress, Chi Nguyen, to make her character come to life.