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Stage Play Uses Entertainment to Educate About Prostate Cancer

The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) will kick off its 2020 tour of the stage play “Daddy’s Boys” on March 21st at 5pm in Durham, NC in the 1200-seat Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street. Hailed by audiences across the country in 2018 and 2019, the play uses entertainment to raise prostate cancer awareness and knowledge. Black men suffer the highest prostate cancer incidence and death rates in the U. S., and the play focuses on reaching black men and women. PHEN provides free admission to the play through support from sponsors. Tickets will become available on February 1st at for the Durham performance.

Daddy’s Boys” tells the story of a widowed father and his sons, who are in a fractured relationship, coming together when faced with prostate cancer. The play highlights issues around prostate cancer early detection, treatment and clinical trials. It is the latest health-oriented presentation by playwright Garrett Davis, who uses humor and music-laden dramas to bring awareness to minority health issues.

The “Daddy’s Boys” tour builds on PHEN’s success in prostate cancer education and advocacy started in 2003 by Thomas Farrington, the Founder and President, who celebrates 20 years as a prostate cancer survivor in 2020. The Chapel Hill native and North Carolina A&T alum collaborates with local partners including churches, cancer centers and other organizations for community outreach.

“Knowledge is the best defense against prostate cancer,” said Farrington, “and this play is an important part of our educational efforts. The entertainment format enables us to attract thousands of people and impact countless lives. PHEN has many great partners within the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area that we are excited to work with to make our 2020 launch a highly successful event.”

Other cities where “Daddy’s Boys” performances are planned for 2020 include: Atlanta - GA, Baltimore - MD, Chicago - IL, San Antonio - TX, Oakland - CA, Hampton - VA, Tampa - FL, Philadelphia - PA, Washington - DC, Nashville - TN and St. Louis - MO.


The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is the leading prostate cancer patient education and advocacy organization addressing the needs of African American families. Based in Quincy, MA, PHEN is a 501c (3) organization founded in 2003. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer among all men. Black men are diagnosed at a rate 60% higher with a death rate 130% higher than men of all other racial and ethnic groups. PHEN programs and initiatives provide education, awareness and support towards eliminating this disparity. PHEN Website:

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