Former Fat Girl Gets Loud with Laughter in Woodstock this Weekend
“SCARED SKINNY” with Mary Dimino is about a girl who grew up fat, funny and afraid in an Italian family from Queens, who now proclaims it, one hundred and fifteen pounds lighter & alone, in front of the footlights & flash bulbs of the world. Her voice got attention as Winner of the NY International Fringe Best Solo Show. Winner of the Gracie Allen Award she is seen on David Letterman, HBO’s Chris Rock Show, in the hit play, “Tony & Tina’s Wedding,” and much more.
H. G. Fairfield Arts is a co-sponsor to the event to help raise awareness of the growing problem of low-self esteem and bullying due to negative body image and complications of being overweight. According to the NYS Health Dept. over 6000 kids aged 10-24 hospitalized due to suicide and self-inflicted injuries; more than 354 died, multiplied by the communities & families grieving, equals a need to be filled.
Kim Blackrock - CEO at H.G. Fairfield Arts - wants to turn a negative into a positive. As a substitute teacher in Carmel schools she had gotten to know some of the kids in class with her high-school-aged Son. Ashley White of Hopewell Junction was one of them.
Ashley liked to come to our house; we had rules - the kids all knew me. I could hear the laughing & challenging & loud music & call-outs of kids having fun. She had fun here, too. Not so everywhere. Ashley White left behind a note. The neighborhood says Ashley couldn’t take the teasing about being fat any more; she said no one heard her.
Kim was at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church with 15 year old Ashley White when her family and friends said their final goodbye. Nearly two years have passed, and Kim is determined that Ashley’s voice be heard.
Somtimes laughter is the best medicine.
H. G. Fairfield Arts, along with Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, is proud to present a fat girl’s voice from Queens in “SCARED SKINNY” with Mary Dimino.
Mary invites; “Come laugh your fat off in Woodstock!”
A fifteen minute Q & A will follow the 3pm Matinee.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the Bearsville website.
Photos of Mary Dimino Provided
Press Release Edited by Stefanie Pearl