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Use, over-use, and sometimes abuse of alcohol exist as daily realities for many college students. This performance foregrounds student stories of recovery in order to shed light on the problem of alcoholism for college students and to generate a dialogue about the possibilities embedded in recovery.
"Recovery" is a trigger script compilation of quotations from narratives written by people who began their recovery from alcoholism while they were undergraduate students in Laitman, Lederman, and Silos’ book, "Voices of Recovery from the Campus." Additional resources include "Beyond the Bottle" by Linda C. Lederman and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Guiding Principles of Recovery.” Trigger scripting is a performance method developed at Arizona State University (Valentine, 1979, 1983) that targets specific topics/audiences for the purpose of public dialogue.
Campus presentations sponsored by Recovery Rising at ASU.
Written and directed by Olga Idriss Davis
"The Journey: Living Cancer Out Loud" is an example of embracing opportunity beyond the Academy. It is a performance which explores new pathways for understanding the experiences of breast cancer survivors and caregivers through university and community partnership. Framed in the narratives of women and men, this performance illuminates the meaning of breast cancer from the perspective of survivors and caregivers in the African American community.
Using narrative performance as an intervention to promote health literacy about breast cancer, the performance has several goals: (a) to highlight the lived experience of breast cancer survivors and caregivers; (b) to educate audiences through narrative performance; (c) to raise awareness of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, education, and survivorship through sharing the story, and (d) to demonstrate how narrative performance can be a viable avenue for breast cancer health intervention.