CLAS Professor Andrew Silver Receives NEA Grant for Documentary Play on the Voices of Metastatic Breast Cancer

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MACON – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that Page Morton Hunter Professor of English at Mercer University Dr. Andrew Silver will receive one of the competitive Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) to produce his play IV: Our Lives.

Dr. Silver’s award is part of $27,562,040 awarded by the NEA in this round of FY2021 funding across 14 artistic disciplines to artists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The $10,000 award is to support the touring and development of a new documentary theater piece about those living with metastatic breast cancer.

Crafted from interviews with 116 people living with metastatic breast cancer, and performed by metastatic patients, IV: Our Lives conveys how metastatic breast cancer can alter lives. Representing the voices of metastatic breast cancer patients, spouses, caretakers, and children accurately has been a major undertaking for Dr. Silver, who noted that, “Their rapport with the play and with each other has been transformational.”

Additionally, a professional video documentary will be produced simultaneously. According to the grant application, filming the project will ensure the project reaches those who cannot physically attend performances, extending the audience beyond the theater.

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