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One-Woman Drama Explores|
Dynamics of Eating Disorders
MAILED: Oct. 19, 1998|
The emotional dynamics of eating disorders are explored in "Eaten Alive," a one-woman drama that will be presented Thursday, Nov. 12, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Written and performed by Mimi Wyche, a Broadway actress and recovered anorexic/bulimic, the 50-minute theatrical presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Admission is free.
In scenes both humorous and heartbreaking, Wyche portrays five different characters suffering from eating disorders. Although they vary in age and life experience from a college student with bulimia to a 45-year-old super-mom they all use their obsession with weight, food and body image as a powerful and all-consuming diversion from intense emotional conflict. Aspects of the illness that are explored include compulsive eating, exercising, anorexia, bulimia and obesity.
Described by the Atlantic Monthly as having "the bravado of a born performer," Wyche has performed on Broadway in "Cats," as a guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," as a soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall and as a leading actress in more than 40 off-Broadway and regional theaters.
During the past several years, Wyche has concentrated on writing and performing one-person comedic satires that she has performed throughout the country. "Eaten Alive" is her most recent work, which she has taken to more than 40 colleges, conventions and workshops throughout the country.
Free of anorexia and bulimia for more than 12 years, Wyche created the drama to invite audiences to experience the emotional reality behind compulsive eating, dieting and exercising. The play's compelling portraits create empathy and understanding, not only for those battling the illness but for friends and family as well.
The program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 19, 1998