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Joanna Rush

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Former Rockette and Broadway actress Joanna Rush, will perform her one woman play, "Asking For It," at 4 p.m. Saturday April 25. Show will take place at UMass Lowell's O'Leary Library auditorium.

The performance is part of "A Cause for Art," a fundraising event by the Center for Hope and Healing that features vendor showcases of influential artists from the greater Lowell area.

"Asking For It" is based on events from Rush's life beginning with her childhood dream of becoming a dancer. "It's about this young woman who wants that career in the theater and something happens that turns her life upside down," she says. "It's about finding her way back."

Rush originally wrote the play 15 years ago and has recently performed it at colleges throughout the country, partnering with rape crisis centers in the area. Rush's college tour came about in response to the recent widespread national discussion on sexual assault on college campuses.

"I connected with this other actor who turns out to be a producer (Jeffery Grover) whose mission is to bring socially relevant subjects to communities to start dialogue," said Rush.


Rush moved to Lowell area about a year and a half ago, following her son, David Gatti, a former captain of the Riverhawks hockey team.

The Center for Hope and Healing is a nonprofit organization that for 35 years has been dedicated to strengthening and rehabilitating victims of rape and sexual assault.

A discussion and book signing will follow the performance. For more ticket information, go to

-- Melissa Almonor