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Local Businessman-Turned Playwright Uses Live Theater to Raise Money for Medical Research

It’s no coincidence that Gladney Darroh chose to stage his show specifically during breast cancer awareness month.

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Helping the Baylor College of Medicine raise money for breast cancer research holds personal significance to Gladney Darroh. "It's a wonderful program," he says. "My mother is currently being treated for breast cancer there. So, it has a special place in my heart."

Darroh decided to finally pursue a long-burning passion a few years ago – writing. His first play, This American Family, premiered to a full house at the Hobby Center last year. When he brings it to Katy this weekend, he'll donate all the proceeds to Baylor College of Medicine's Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center. Darroh says he wanted to think outside the box in terms of traditional fundraising efforts like galas and golf tournaments. "My long-term vision for the play is to push it out nationwide for any charity that wants to use it to raise money, completely free of charge," he says.

He adds that the plot focuses on what the American family looks like in the 21st century and part of his intent was include strong roles for women onstage. He's enlisted Rice University Shepherd School of Music alum Steven Jamail to write the score. This American Family is playing at the Queensbury Theatre in Katy through Sunday.

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