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      Charity newS from page 7
                                               Cancer Alliance Will Host

                                   ‘Dance The Night Away’ 2022 Gala

                                                   April 1, At The Breakers, Palm Beach

         Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope (CAHH) will host Dance   from 2021, will put on their              Sarama and David Drennen, Gail Worth, and Memorial
      the Night Away 2022 Gala at The Breakers, Palm Beach, on   dancing shoes again for a                 Healthcare System.
      Friday, April 1, beginning at 6 p.m. This exciting event is   special performance.                      To learn more or to purchase tickets visit,
      presented by Fred Astaire Palm Beach Marketplace Plaza.      The female participants                 email CEO Stanton Collemer at or call
      Chairs are Janet Levy and Lois Richards.           in the  Dance the Night                           (561) 215-7360. Tickets are $675.
         For the second year in a row, CAHH has gathered the top   Away Dance Competition                  About Cancer Alliance Of Help & Hope, Inc.
      dancers for Palm Beach County’s celebrity dance-off. Dance   include Elizabeth DeBrule,                 The Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, Inc., based in
      the Night Away 2022 Gala is sure to be another sold-out event   Sophia Stone, Renee Scott,           Palm Beach, Fla. is a charitable organization dedicated
      that will raise funds for underprivileged families dealing   Gail Gorder Fischer, Trish              to improving the quality of life of local children, women
      with cancer while they are undergoing chemotherapy and/or   Carroll, Sarah Negrin, and               and men and their families, who are touched by cancer
      radiation treatments.                              Nancy Maiale. The male                            by providing need-based financial assistance, information
         Fourteen local nonprofessional ballroom dancers will take   contestants include Paul              resources and access to services and support groups in
      private dance lessons from the Fred Astaire Palm Beach to   Bert, David Deberard,                    our community. CAHH seeks to provide respite to those
      prepare for the competition and compete for Cancer Alliance’s   Max McNamara,                        receiving a devastating cancer diagnosis. As a 501(c)(3)
      2022 Top Female and Male Dancer.                   David  McClymont,  and                            formed in 2003, the organization has helped thousands of
         The dancers will be judged by three celebrity judges including   Warrington Gillet.               cancer patients and their families who live and/or receive
      Amando Martin and Mayor Danielle Moore. Tony Dovolani, a      Sponsors of the event                  treatment in Palm Beach County and dispersed over $5.5
      professional dancer from the acclaimed TV show Dancing with   to date include: Academy               million. Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope focuses on assisting
      the Stars, will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.   for Nursing and Health                patients with their ordinary living expenses such as rent and
         Guests will enjoy cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by the dance   Occupations, Chris and  Left to right: Chairs are Janet   mortgage, utilities, auto and health insurance, car payments,
      competition at 7 p.m., with a variety of awards from different   Mike Cox, Lois and Ray  Levy and Lois Richards.   food and other basic necessities.
      categories that will be presented during the evening. Bruce   Richards, Janet and Mark   Photo by Annie Watt      For more information, please visit or call
      Helander and Lauri Welteroth, the Top Male and Female Dancers   Levy, Frances Yu, David   Photography  (561) 748-7227.

                                                           artS & entertainment

                                    Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents

                       Intimate Apparel By Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winner Lynn Nottage Opens

         Lynn Nottage’s heartfelt
      and heartbreaking Intimate
      Apparel, which she wrote
      “to honor the legacy of her
      great-grandmother,” opens
      at Palm Beach Dramaworks
      (PBD) on Friday, April 1,
      8 p.m. Set at the turn of
      the 20th century, the play
      tells the story of Esther,
      a  35-year-old African-
      American seamstress  of
      exquisite intimate apparel                         Lynn Nottage            Be Boyd                   Jordan Sobel            Jovon Jacobs
      who aches to love and
      be loved.  An unlikely                             mainstage debuts. Scenic design is by Michael Amico,   librettist for the opera
      opportunity arises when she                        costume design is by Brian O’Keefe, lighting design is by   Intimate Apparel (score
      enters into a correspondence                       Kirk Bookman, and sound design is by Roger Arnold.   by Ricky Ian Gordon),
      with a man she’s never met.                           The journey to writing Intimate Apparel began when   which premiered at
      The play, which  Variety                           Nottage discovered a photo of her great-grandmother   Lincoln Center in
      called “note-perfect,” runs                        while cleaning out the house of her grandmother, who   January for a limited
      through April 17.                                  was struggling with dementia and moving in with Lynn’s   run and was recorded
         The production is directed by Be Boyd, making her PBD   brother. She told an interviewer, “I’d never seen this   for future broadcast by
      debut, and features (in alphabetical order) Rita Cole, Jovon   woman before. I didn’t even know her name.” She later   Great Performances on
      Jacobs, Gabrielle Lee, Krystal Mosley, Jordan Sobel, and   discovered that her great-grandmother’s name was Ethel   PBS. Nottage was also
      Gracie Winchester. All but Jacobs are making their PBD   Boyce Armstrong. Nottage’s mother had already passed   a writer and producer
                                                         away, so there was no one left who could provide her with   on the Netflix series
                                                         family history. All Nottage knew initially was that her   She’s  Gotta  Have  It,
                                                         great-grandmother had been a seamstress at the turn of the   directed by Spike Lee.
                                                         20th century. So, she spent hours at the New York Public   Her work has been
                                                         Library, learning about the world in which Ethel lived.   widely produced in
                                                            “I wrote  Intimate Apparel in part because of my   the United States and
                                                         desire to get closer to my ancestors,” Nottage told PBD   throughout the world, and she is the recipient of a
                                                         Producing Artistic Director William Hayes in a 2020   MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship as well as many
                                                         interview (available on YouTube). “I wanted to understand   other distinguished awards. A native of Brooklyn, Nottage
                                                         what it might have been like for a single, black woman at   is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School
                                                         the turn of the century to try and forge a life in New York   of Drama, and is an associate professor in the Theatre
                                                         City despite all the obstacles she probably had to face.   Department at Columbia School of the Arts.
                                                         I also wanted to write a play for my mother, something      “... thoughtful, affecting ... The play offers poignant
                                                         that she would have loved to have seen, something that   commentary on an era when the cut and color of one’s
         Singer Island Liquor Booth                      was in her gentle, loving spirit.”                dress – and of course, skin – determined whom one could
                      (561) 842-4318                        Lynn Nottage is the only woman to have twice received   and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public.”
                                                         the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She won in 2009 for Ruined   –Variety

              Liquor • Beer • Wine • Cigars              and  2017  for  Sweat.  Other  full-length  plays  include   “... deeply moving ...”
                                                         Crumbs from the Table of Joy;  Por’Knockers;  Mud,   –New York Daily News
             We are located directly on singer island!   River, Stone; Las Meninas; Intimate Apparel; Fabulation,      Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional, nonprofit theatre
                                                         or the Re-Education of Undine; By the Way, Meet Vera   company founded in 2000 and located in the heart of downtown
                  1241 Blue Heron Blvd.                  Stark; Mlima’s Tale; and Clyde’s. She wrote the book for   West Palm Beach. Each season, the award-winning company
                      riviera Beach                      the musical The Secret Life of Bees (music by Duncan   produces five mainstage shows and offers a wide variety of
                     Ask About Delivery                  Sheik, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead), and MJ: The Musical,
                                                         featuring the songs of Michael Jackson. She is also the   Arts & Entertainment on page 9
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