AUTHORKociela, Ed
TITLEDownwinders...The Play
PUBLISHERCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (an Amazon company)
CITYSeattle, WA

This play was inspired by the ordeal of a woman in southern Utah whose father was a Downwinder suffering from terminal cancer. Downwinders were those people exposed to radiation from above-ground testing of nuclear weapons at the Nevada Test site during the 1950s and 1960s. The play chronicles the father’s struggle with cancer, the family’s support of him and their efforts to obtain compensation from the government. Conversations between the father and a voice representing cancer personified add a unique feature to the drama. The author, a journalist and free-lance writer, cites a late 1990s report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, which estimates that more than 15,000 Americans were killed by cancers resulting from the fallout from nuclear testing in the United States.

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