Baylor College of Medicine’s NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center has been chosen as the beneficiary of an original musical play titled “This American Family,” an inspiring tale of family strength and the resilience of the women who lead them.
With a passion for theater and a nature for giving back, local philanthropist and playwright Gladney Darroh adapted his original play from the novel, “Women of Uncommon Strength.” It celebrates women of diverse cultures whose individual courage, character and remarkable faith pave the way to family healing.
With last year’s wildly successful debut at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts under his belt, Darroh is bringing “This American Family” back to the Houston stage, Oct. 14-16, at the Queensbury Theatre, accompanied by a live orchestra.
“Not only is it a thrill to see my work come to life on stage, accompanied by original music by award-winning composer Steven Jamail, but it is also important to use its production as an avenue to give back,” said Darroh. “When it came time to decide on a beneficiary for the show this year, Baylor seemed like a natural fit. And with my mother having undergone breast cancer treatment at its renowned Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, I felt a personal connection and draw to support the Duncan Cancer Center.”
Representatives from the Duncan Cancer Center will be on-site for each of the play’s five showings, providing information about the Cancer Center, early screening, community outreach and the importance of cancer education in the Houston community.
“Gladney’s play offers a unique opportunity to engage with audience members and showcase the life-changing cancer research and treatment our NCI-designated Cancer Center provides,” said Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor. “It is a privilege to work with Gladney, and we are honored to be named as the beneficiary of this year’s production. The funds raised through the ticket sales will support breast cancer research carried out through the Breast Center.”
Tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 15, matinee and evening performances are sold out. Tickets for Friday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m. performance, and Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. evening performances can be purchased online at the Queensbury Theatre website.