From the comfort foods of the South to the free spirits of New York, award-winning performer Robbie McCauley vividly portrays her extraordinary life’s journey. Robbie takes us from off-beat downtown to Broadway and beyond, cracking open silences about the pains and triumphs of living with “a little bit of sugar” – diabetes. Chauncey Moore plays live music to punctuate the piece and a talkback with Robbie will follow each performance.
Sugar is produced in collaboration with the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College and was created in collaboration with Artists In Context.
"Robbie McCauley is one of the finest performance artists now working in the American theatre” –Woodie King, Jr., Founder & Artistic Director, New Federal Theatre NYC
About Robbie McCauley
Robbie McCauley is a professor in the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College. She is an Obie Award winning playwright and a nationally recognized performance artist and director. McCauley was a member of the original Broadway cast of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
A talkback with Robbie McCauley will follow each performance. Special guests include:
FRIDAY, JAN 20 @ 8PM: Albert Whitaker, American Diabetes Association.
Rev. Albert Whitaker currently serves as Director for Mission Delivery, New England with the American Diabetes Association. Diagnosed in 2001 with Type 2 Diabetes, Rev. Whitaker has worked diligently to educate and raise awareness about the devastating impact of diabetes among people of color throughout New England. Through his work with the Association, Rev. Whitaker has been able to provide culturally competent diabetes education modules to people living with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes. Additionally, he works with churches, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and corporations to develop health and wellness initiatives.
SATURDAY, JAN 21 @ 2PM: Dr. Lucia Sobrin is an ophthalmologist at Mass. Eye and Ear. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Sobrin received her Master of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include the genetics of diabetic retinopathy. She is the principal investigator for an investigation of the genetics of diabetic retinopathy in African Americans entitled “Epidemiology and Genetics of Diabetic Retinopathy in the Jackson Heart Study.”
SUNDAY, JAN 22 @ 2PM: Maureen Shea (director), and Chauncey Moore (music)
FRIDAY, JAN 27 @ 8PM: SUGAR IN CONTEXT
A panel discussion on the intersection of healing with art and the creative process.
Angela Cooke-Jackson: Emerson College Assistant Professor Angela Cooke-Jackson's research and teaching interests focus on the links between interpersonal relationships, culture and health among underserved and disparate populations. She has served on a number of research grants and worked as a Health Communication Contractor for the Department of Health in Albuquerque, NM. Currently her research focuses on shared narratives among type II diabetic African American mothers with their non-diabetic adult daughters. She recently published an article on this topic in The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. Additionally she researches addressing communicative dialogues (sex talk) about HPV and cervical cancer among rural and urban college students.
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, lives his life bridging the worlds of art and medicine, so it’s not surprising that he founded the Foundation for Art & Healing. Beginning his medical career as a practicing internist and now on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, Jeremy spends most of his days addressing the design of healthcare delivery systems to improve and personalize the delivery of care, and better meet the needs of patients and caregivers. On the arts side, Jeremy is an avid photographer and an award-winning poet and is currently working on a new book of poems.
Sheila Nutt, EdD is currently the Director of Educational Outreach Programs at the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (ODICP) at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The office at HMS offers programs that identify, nurture and develop underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students who wish to pursue careers related to the biomedical sciences. Dr. Nutt is the mother of a daughter who was diagnosed the day after her 9th birthday as a type 1 diabetic. As a result of raising her daughter in Ethiopia and witnessing firsthand the hardship diabetics encounter in the third world, her mission is to provide diabetic supplies to help juveniles live a better life in Africa.
SATURDAY, JAN 28 @ 2PM: Tessa Horst, RN, CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator at Martha Eliot Health Center, part of Children’s Hospital Boston in Jamaica Plain. She is the Program Coordinator and provides private and family appointments with children, adolescents, adults and elderly with Type 1 and Type 2, or pre-diabetes.
SATURDAY, JAN 28 @ 8PM: Barbara E. Corkey is the Zoltan Kohn Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Corkey has been a leader in the fields of diabetes and obesity research for over 35 years and has over 100 related publications and 30 years of continuous government research support. She does seminal work on the molecular basis of nutrient signaling that has a major impact on our current understanding of health and disease. Finally, Barbara has received numerous honors including the NIH MERIT Award, the George Bray Founders Award of the Obesity Society and the Banting Medal from the American Diabetes Association. She is a strong obesity/diabetes research and health advocate. In her spare time she enjoys painting, wine, travel and grandchildren.
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A sugar-free jam on diabetes and life
JAN 20 - JAN 29
8 performances only!
The Jackie Liebergott Black Box (“The Jackie”) at the Paramount Center
Box Office: 617.824.8400
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY:
ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY:
Produced in collaboration with the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College
90 minutes with no intermission