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“Daddy’s Boys”, Prostate Cancer Awareness Drama Coming to Greensboro on August 29, 2018 (Health Information)

Post Date:07/27/2018 11:52 AM

Garrett Davis, PlaywrightGdavis Productions, Prostate Health Education Network, The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division, Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency and Cone Health Cancer Center will sponsor a presentation of Garrett Davis’ prostate cancer awareness drama, “Daddy’s Boys” on August 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  This presentation will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road, Greensboro, NC.  Free prostate cancer screening (recommended for all men 40 years and older) will also take place on August 29, prior to the drama presentation, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

According to the National Cancer Institute, African-American men are twice as likely to suffer from prostate cancer as compared to White men, and twice as likely to die from the disease.

In light of this information, Garrett Davis' new play, "Daddy's Boys", a family drama centered on the main character's fight with prostate cancer, has the potential to save lives, one show at a time.

A North Carolina-based playwright, Davis owns and operates Gdavis Productions, an entertainment company that stages plays about health and partners with nonprofits such as the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP). The works are designed to inform African-American audiences about disparities, risks and steps to take in the event of a worse-case diagnosis. It's a unique niche for urban theater, a genre in which popular touring shows are known for over-the-top melodrama with soaring music and strong cultural themes.

Produced with editorial help from the nonprofit Prostate Health Education Network, “Daddy’s Boys” focuses on a father, his relationships with his three sons and how a sudden diagnosis of the disease upends the family dynamic. While the health message isn't preachy, Davis says, it is a strong theme in a production that's likely to resonate with his target audience.

"Entertainment is a big part of our culture," says Davis, who is African-American and has written, produced and toured plays dealing with other health issues important to the black community. "If we could find a way to infuse entertainment and education together, then I think we have a greater opportunity to educate our people while they're being entertained."

This drama presentation and prostate cancer screenings are part on Mount Zion Baptist Church’s month long, Family Matters Conference.

For more information, please contact Garrett Davis at 910-728-3389 or visit daddysboys.net

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