Fiction for (a) Change


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Real life and fiction meet to create a fun evening and the perfect fundraiser for support for the literary arts.

At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati presents a “pay what you can” preview performance of its first production in 2007, Fiction. Donate as little or as much as you’d like as the price of your general admission ticket. All proceeds from the evening benefit the Cincinnati-based non- profit organization Women Writing for (a) Change.

The self-described “community of women, girls (and men) for whom writing is — or is becoming — an important creative, spiritual and therapeutic practice” is based in a feminist philosophy of inclusion, collaboration and acceptance of all women. Their goal is to foster a healthy writing community, where the words of women from all walks of life are nurtured, developed and celebrated.

In order to accomplish this task, WWF(a)C is in the midst of a capital campaign to buy the building that will serve as their permanent home. The two-story, fully-accessible building at 6906 Plainfield Road is in Silverton, on a bus line and has lots of free parking. Their goal is to raise $1 million by June 30. With $500,000 already in the bank, they’re well on their way but still need some help. This particular fundraiser is an excellent opportunity to give and get at the same time.

Fiction is about accomplished authors Michael and Linda, who have been happily married for 20 years. When a diagnosis gives Linda only a few weeks to live, how can Michael refuse her dying request to read his diaries? As she pores over Michael’s meticulously kept journals, Linda discovers that the line between fact and fiction, truth and myth, is often blurred. Fiction challenges the power of memory, its ability to reshape the events of our lives and the immortality of the written word.

Call ETC’s box office at 513-421-3555 for more information.

— Margo Pierce

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