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ENCORE PERFORMANCES OF OFF THE HOOK NOV. 12-14 AT UNITY

Cooper Wise as John Boy

SANTA MARIA, CA – Encore performances of the prison musical Off The Hook will be held Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday Nov. 14 at Unity Church, 1490 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo. The play, set in a California prison, features a 14-member cast of formerly incarcerated people.

Produced by Poetic Justice Project, OFF THE HOOK recently ended its California Prison Town Tour, playing in Sacramento, Redding, Fresno, Bakersfield, Tehachapi, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo, with powerful audience responses. Poetic Justice Project received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California State Arts Council and the LEF Foundation to help fund the tour. Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado, congratulating Off The Hook’s cast and crew, has said “audiences benefit from your insightful and educational portrayal of incarceration and rehabilitation.”

Off The Hook explores the culture of prison and the choices prisoners and staff make to survive, and the consequences ofthose choices.  Each performance is followed by a talk-back with the audience. The play was written by Deborah Tobola, artistic director of the Poetic Justice Project and directed by Bill McLaughlin, a professional actor and director with more than 30 years’ experience in stage and film. Original music is by Shawn Collins.

A program of the William James Association, based in Santa Cruz, Poetic Justice Project produces origi

Brad Tobola as Officer Pearce

nal theatre on the Central Coast that examines crime, punishment and redemption. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $10 for groups of 10 or m

ore, $12 for students and seniors and $20 general admission. Tickets for

Off The Hook are available at brownpapertickets.com, by calling the 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

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October 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SLO City Council Proclaims October 24th World Polio Day

Local clubs join Rotary International effort to recognize need to eradicate Polio

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA –  On Tuesday, October 19, Mayor Dave Romero and the San Luis Obispo City Council presented a proclamation recognizing October 24, 2010 as World Polio Day. Present were the presidents of the city’s three Rotary Clubs: Ed Naretto, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo; Craig Darnell, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak; and Jeff Buckingham, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

In 1988, when Rotary International launched their mission to eliminate polio, 1,000 children were paralyzed by the virus daily in 125 countries. Today, only four countries worldwide remain polio endemic, and fewer than 1,700 cases a year are reported.  The world is on the brink of eradicating this crippling disease forever, and Rotary Club International seeks help

. Pictured, LtoR: Mayor Dave Romero with SLO Rotary Presidents Ed Naretto, Jeff Buckingham and Craig Darnell

in their final surge to eliminate polio worldwide.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $355 million dollars to the Rotary International global effort to eradicate polio, $200 million of which is a challenge grant. This is the largest challenge grant ever received by Rotary in its 105-year history as a humanitarian service club, and these funds will be used by Rotary International and their partners, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF, to end the virus once and for all. As a part of 32,000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries, the San Luis Obispo Rotary Clubs aim to generate funds in efforts to match the $200 million challenge grant.

Polio is a crippling virus that can cause paralysis, sometimes immediately. Its effects are usually irreversible and there is no known cure for the virus. The only way to protect against the damaging effects of polio is to prevent the virus altogether. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is the single largest internationally coordinated health project in all of history, and since its inception, occurrence of the virus has decreased by 99%.

To learn more about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, log on to http://www.rotary.org/en/serviceandfellowship/polio/pages/ridefault.aspx.

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