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Man in the Ring  Humanities Forum

12/2/2018 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
2pm

Join Robin Abrahams and Dr. Michael Alosco for an in-depth discussion about Man in the Ring following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, December 2.

Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of Man in the Ring.

Dr. Michael Alosco completed his undergraduate studies at Providence College and he earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a focus in neuropsychology, in 2015 from Kent State University. He completed his clinical internship in neuropsychology at the VA Boston Healthcare System. In 2015, Dr. Alosco was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Boston University (BU) Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Center (ADC) and BU CTE Center through the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Translational Research Training Program. In 2016, Dr. Alosco transitioned to a National Research Service Award (NRSA) F32 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to continue his advanced clinical research training at the BU ADC and BU CTE Center. In 2018, he became an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Alosco conducts clinical interviews with family members and other caregivers of deceased athletes who donate their brains to our center. This history is used to conduct studies on risk factors and clinicopathological correlations of CTE and other neurodegenerative diseases. He is also involved in Dr. Stern’s ongoing studies that examine the clinical presentation of CTE, as well as potential in vivo biomarkers that may be able to detect CTE during life. Dr. Alosco’s research focuses on risk factors and biomarkers of neurodegenerative conditions, with a focus on AD and CTE. Dr. Alosco is particularly interested in the contribution of cerebrovascular disease to the clinical and neuropathological presentation of AD and CTE. He is also involved in research examining the relationship between exposure to repetitive head impacts and long-term neurological consequences. He is mentored at the BU AD and CTE Center by Robert A. Stern, Ph.D., and Ann C. McKee, M.D.

Robin Abrahams writes the popular “Miss Conduct” social advice column for The Boston Globe Magazine, and is the author of the book Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners, a guide to social life in 21st century America. She works as a researcher at Harvard Business School and has co-authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. A Cambridge resident with a PhD in research psychology from Boston University, her previous jobs include theatre publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and writing. Ms. Abrahams is married to Marc Abrahams, publisher of the Annals of Improbable Research and creator of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are awarded annually for achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. robinabrahams.com.


About Man in the Ring

Man in the Ring is the captivating and complex true story of six-time world champion prizefighter Emile Griffith and the fight that would haunt him forever. Imbued with the warmth of Griffith’s character and the joyful music of his childhood home, Man in the Ring chronicles his life story, from his humble beginnings in the Virgin Islands to his passionate love affairs and the tragedy that changed his life. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Michael Cristofer’s epic new play, directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Dear Evan Hansen), packs a powerful punch with its message of love and redemption.

Seating at select performances of Man in the Ring is limited, but seats are released every day for sale. Please call Ticketing Services at 617 266 0800 to learn about our Advanced Wait List and be upgraded to a seat automatically when it becomes available.

Approximate run time: Man in the Ring plays in approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission. Please note: Man in the Ring includes adult themes and brief nudity. This production has strobe lighting effects that include intensely bright flashes of light (which simulate flashbulb photography), as well as the smoking of cocoa shell cigarettes (100% nicotine free).



 

Michael Cristofer“I am happy to return to the Huntington as a playwright this time, bringing them the true story of Emile Griffith – a young immigrant from the Virgin Islands, a gay man struggling with his identity in the brutal world of sports, trying at the end of his life as he slips into dementia to piece together the story of love and pain and joy that was his life. And to find peace. A true hero in my book.” — Michael Cristofer

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