I hope you are enjoying a lovely Fall!
The show had another wildly successful summer run at the Alliance Theater. Below is a video which includes interviews with some of the cast members and clips from the show and the post-show discussion. The point of the video is to show how the actors were impacted by the experience of rehearsing and performing. Clearly they learned a great deal! They not only had many Ah-Ha moments about their food and body issues, but they're better equipped to support a loved one or friend who may be suffering. What I loved was that half of the actors were Asian-American or African-American. They all related to the material, sharing their own body image and food struggles-- once again busting the myth that eating disorders are a skinny-white-chick problem. In today's culture, it's Universal. Click below!
And it wasn't just the actors who were changed by the experience. Read these reactions from audience members:
What's Eating Katie? is a compassionate, insightful, funny look at the many factors which contribute to the development of an eating disorder and quite possibly a bridge to treatment and healthful living. ~ Eating Disorder Therapist
It was powerful to see from the outside how insidiously an eating disorder can take hold of a young girl's life and the show reminded me that I did not cause this disorder. ~Eating Disorder Sufferer
Since being in the show, I have stopped saying "I feel fat" or "I look gross" to my friends. That just makes them think it's ok for them to say the same things. ~WEK Actress, 2012
The show holds up a mirror to our society's irrational, unhealthy thoughts and attitudes of which we are all victims and perpetrators...it did a great job portraying the the varying degrees of perpetuating these attitudes through the different characters, and despite the variation they still all fell somewhere on the spectrum. There is a common thread and we all play a part. Bravo! ~ Woman in recovery from an eating disorder
I do not jump to conclusions and judgment as quickly anymore, with the realization that you never know how something could impact someone’s mind set. ~WEK Actor, 2013
The next big announcement is that I re-jiggered the script to make it relevant for a college audience. Click here to read a synopsis of the show: http://www.whatseatingkatie.com/#!college-version. Emory University is going to be debuting this show during February, 2014 during the on-campus Body Acceptance Week. We are thrilled to partner with The Renfrew Center. They are sponsoring this show with a generous financial contribution. Founded in 1985, and having helped over 65,000 women recover from eating disorders, it is an honor to have their support of this project. We will let you know as soon as we have a date confirmed.
Thanks to your generous contribution 2 years ago, this show continues to touch and change lives. We see great things ahead and are grateful to people like you who helped make it happen!
Stay tuned and thank you~!
Love, Dina & Bryan