BUFFALO, N.Y. – The autobiographic writing of the
University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center
students comes to life through the voices of professional actors at
a staged reading of their stories and poetry this week in
Buffalo’s Theater District.
When and Where: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in 710 Main
Theatre, 710 Main St.
What: The human triumphs and challenges of adult students
without access to traditional education will take on dramatic
presentation through performances by professional Western New York
actors reading from actual work done by the EOC students. The
stories and poems were written by EOC students while taking part in
the All Write! Adult Literacy Program.
Who: The actors take on the roles of actual EOC students,
most of whom are 25 years or older. Students in the EOC academic
programs, including many from the English as a Second Language
program, have written about their struggles and successes as they
earn high school equivalency diplomas and postsecondary
certificates on their way to overcoming what for many have been
serious disadvantages, either locally or after coming to Buffalo as
refugees. EOC students are adults taking a second chance to
reconnect to the education pipeline. Many are parents
juggling school, work and relationships.
The performance is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to partner with our wonderful Western New
York theater community to offer an event in which the life journeys
of UB’s Educational Opportunity Center students are told in
their own words,” says Julius Gregg Adams, EOC executive
director. “Their persistence to create a better life for
themselves and their families through education and training is
All Write! was created by Symphony Space Inc. in New York City
to harness the power of creative writing to improve literacy and
writing skills in adult learners. The All Write! Program unites
professional staged readings of published and student-generated
prose or poetry with teacher-guided reading and writing to build
skills essential to achieving high school equivalency, and career
and postsecondary readiness.
Examples of All Write! performances in other cities are
available at http://www.symphonyspace.org/all-write.
The EOC introduced the All Write! Program to Western New York as
part of its year-long 40th anniversary celebration providing
education and training to Buffalo area adult learners.
Serving more than 1,900 students each year, UB’s
Educational Opportunity Center has provided tuition-free education
and training programs (e.g. High School Equivalency Examination,
English as a Second Language, College Preparation, Allied Health
and Computer Training) since 1973.