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AHN Cancer Institute Expertise Meets Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistry in Upcoming Production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

AHN Director of Breast Surgery Dr. Angela Keleher Serves as Advisor, Hosts Jan. 27 Q&A, for Contemporary Revision of Classic Play

PITTSBURGH (Jan. 16, 2019) – Medicine and art are combining to produce education and entertainment in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s innovative new production of The Tempest. Angela Keleher, MD, Director of the Division of Breast Surgery at Allegheny Health Network, serves as a technical advisor on the play, a contemporary version of the Shakespeare classic that recasts Prospero as a female breast cancer patient.

Earlier this month, Dr. Keleher met with the cast of the play, including Law & Order: SVU’s Tamara Tunie, who will play Prospero, at Allegheny General Hospital to help them understand breast cancer patients’ experience as they progress through the phases of treatment.

Pittsburgh Public Theater director Marya Sea Kaminski created the adaptation of The Tempest, which starts with Prospero in a hospital bed battling late-stage breast cancer. She dreams of a magical island, and Prospero’s struggle serves as a lens for Shakespeare’s themes of betrayal and forgiveness.

The Tempest runs January 24 – February 24, 2019 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to, or visit the Box Office. The Tempest is presented by PNC.