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MSU actors to present real-life stories of people with CFS

Sunday 17 July 2011

From US publication


Comedy/dramaMSU actors to present real-life stories of people with chronic fatigue syndrome

5:38 AM, Jul. 15, 2011

Actors from Missouri State University will dramatize the real-life stories of disabled Americans stricken with chronic fatigue syndrome, a little-understood illness, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday.

This "guerrilla theater" dramatic performance, held on the North Mall outside Taylor Health and Wellness Center on the Missouri State Campus, Springfield, is open to the public.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disabling, sometimes fatal neuro-immune disease afflicting 1 million Americans.

Ivy Nelson, a theater director from Monett, is working with actors to perform I REPRESENT: INVISIBLE NO MORE, true stories from people living with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Actors will represent patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. The performance will be 'street theater,' where passers-by can stop and watch for as long as they want, offering Missourians a chance to hear what the lives of these disabled Americans are like.

"Many patients spend 5-20 years in or near bed, too weak to work, go to school or have a social life,” said playwright Rivka Solomon who has been homebound or bedridden for much of the past 21 years. “Being homebound renders them invisible to the public, allowing for little awareness about the illness and many misconceptions. We hope to change that."


The above originally appeared here.

See also our earlier news article: "ME/CFS life stories play premiers at Missouri State University".



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