Monday, September 19, 2005

Impressive Press Release (Minus my Phone Number. Sorry.)

Contact: Lane Devereux,



Northwest Houston playwright fulfills promise with newest production timed to kick-off October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

HOUSTON (Sept. 14, 2005) – Houston resident Lane Devereux will fulfill a promise to a friend this month when In the Wings Productions presents the world premiere of her play, "Like Fish Swimming through Rock," September 30, 2005 at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston in Houston.

The play will run for six performances, through October 8, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Written by Houstonian Lane G. Devereux, “Like Fish Swimming through Rock” depicts the three pivotal days between two women whose love, friendship and rivalry extends more than 20 years and encompasses college; feminism; marriage, children, divorce; and competitive business careers. One’s looming death from breast cancer seems to be the only unconquerable challenge these two women have ever faced and, in the play, they face it together and unflinchingly.

Set in St. Louis, the play memorializes a close friend of Devereux’s who died in 1991. “She worried that her grandchildren would never know her, because she was just 42 years old when she died, so she made her friends promise to preserve the outrageous, but true, stories of her life for posterity. This is my gift to her memory,” Devereux remarked. “It is also a tribute to breast cancer patients and the people who love them. Breast cancer is a terrible disease.”

The production company is working with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to present educational talk-backs after each performance. In the Wings Productions is generously contributing ten percent of the proceeds to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’s 5K walk as part of its commitment to benefit the community with its productions.

“Like Fish Swimming through Rock” was refined in the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop, held each year by the University of Houston, in 2001. During that production, Brandy Barfield Rood, co-owner of In the Wings Productions, portrayed Maya, the dying woman. After earning her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Houston, Rood joined fellow MFA graduate, Eleanor Colvin, in founding their own company. Reprising Maya was a personal goal that fit well with the company’s mission to use theatre to educate and support women in the Houston area about issues that affect them.

Tickets will be sold at and at the door.

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