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Being Henrietta

Arthur Wagner Theatre

UC San Diego, 2012


Being Henrietta featured Monique Gaffney, distinguished alumna, actor/dancer, and daughter of Dr. Floyd Gaffney -- one of the founding faculty of UC San Diego’s renowned department of theatre and dance. 

Being Henrietta explores the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cancer cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine, with damaging consequences for her family who today can’t afford access to the health care advances their mother’s cells helped make possible. Written by then-MFA student Jeff Augustin with Monique Gaffney and directed by Professor Nadine George-Graves. 
Following the performance, there was a discussion with the artists and faculty experts that explored the ethical, gender and medical implications in more depth. 


Presented by Thurgood Marshall College, UCSD Alumni, Parent & Family Giving, and the Theatre & Dance Department.


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