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Actress Kathryn Erbe Raises the Curtain in NIDA’s Addiction Performance Project

Kathryn Erbe leads an impressive cast in the Addiction Performance Project, an innovative CME program for doctors and other health providers, on April 16 in the Chicago, IL, area. The performance is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and is designed to help doctors and other health professionals better identify and help drug-abusing patients in primary care settings, and to break down the stigma associated with drug addiction.

The program will begin with a dramatic reading of Act III of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night with Kathryn Erbe reading the part of Mary Tyrone, the morphine addicted matriarch of a family devastated by addiction. Erbe joins other leading ladies, including Debra Winger and Blythe Danner, in reading this role as part of the Addiction Performance Project. The reading will be followed by an expert panel reaction and facilitated audience discussion to explore the challenges for providers in working with addicted patients and the experience of these patients and their families. The performance is free and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended.

What: NIDA’s Addiction Performance Project

When: Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Lurie Building - Hughes Auditorium
303 E. Superior, Chicago, Ill.

Who: Featured Actors (subject to change)
Kathryn Erbe (Mary Tyrone)
Arliss Howard (James Tyrone)
Bob Braswell (Edmund Tyrone)
Polly Noonan (Cathleen)

Featured Panel Members:
Daniel Angres, MD (Feinberg School of Medicine)
Michael Fleming, MD, MPH (Feinberg School of Medicine)
Daniel McGehee, PhD (University of Chicago)

A performance will also be held earlier that day for registrants of the 42nd National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference.

The project is part of NIDAMED, NIDA's outreach to practicing physicians, physicians in training, and other health professionals. The Addiction Performance Project has a limited run through 2013. For more information, visit: www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed/APP.

— Source: The National Institute on Drug Abuse