January 11, 2010 13:52 Age: 4 yrs

Ruth J. Katz 77L featured in Off-Broadway Play

By: Wendy Cromwell

Ruth J. Katz 77L, a 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and chief public health counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is among 20 people featured in a one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy, by playwright and actress, Anna Deavere Smith.

The play, performed Off Broadway in New York, is a series of interviews conducted by Smith that explores medical care and end-of-life issues. It was featured in a recent New York Times article and on PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal.

Katz is profiled for her battle with breast cancer. She worked at Yale University when Smith conducted her interviews there.

Katz told The New York Times, Smith “would be performing me in front of people I work with. I would have to see them the next day.”

Smith portrays the time Katz sought treatment for a fever after chemotherapy and was told her records were lost. The doctor questioned Katz about her condition, including where she worked. When Katz replied she was associate dean of the medical school, her records were found within 30 minutes.

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