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Actress Dianne Wiest to raise the curtain in NIDA

May 03, 2012

Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest leads an impressive cast in the Addiction Performance Project, an innovative continuing medical education (CME) program for doctors and other health providers, on May 9 in Philadelphia, Pa. The performance is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, 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 Dianne Wiest reading the part of Mary Tyrone, the morphine addicted matriarch of a family devastated by addiction.  Ms. Wiest joins other notable leading ladies, including Debra Winger, Blythe Danner, and Kathryn Erbe, 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: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Where: University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building - II/III Auditorium
421 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pa.

Who: Featured Actors (subject to change)
Dianne Wiest (Mary Tyrone)
Dan Butler (James Tyrone)
Bob Braswell (Edmund Tyrone)
Julianna Zinkel (Cathleen)

Featured Panel Members
Lee Kim Erickson, M.D. (Perelman School of Medicine)
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. (Treatment Research Institute)
Charles P. O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D. (Perelman School of Medicine)

A performance will also be held on May 8 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for registrants of the American Psychiatric Association’s 165th Annual Meeting.  If you are a journalist and wish to attend either of these performances, please send an email to: media@nida.nih.gov.

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.

Follow Addiction Performance Project news on Twitter at @NIDANews, or join the conversation by using: #nidaAPP.

NIDA Press Office

About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

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NIDA. (2012, May 3). Actress Dianne Wiest to raise the curtain in NIDA. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2012/05/actress-dianne-wiest-to-raise-curtain-in-nida

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