Pink Pages is an annual event at the American Repertory Theatre hosted
by author Alice Hoffman to benefit the
Hoffman Breast Center at Mount
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, the June 1st Pink Pages event benefiting the Hoffman Breast Center has been postponed. Fortunately, to keep our friends and supporters "in the pink", a virtual event called Virtually Pink Pages will be held on June 1, featuring Alice Hoffman, Ann Leary and Joyce Kulhawik and with special messages of thanks from Dr. Susan Pories and Jeanette Clough, President of Mount Auburn Hospital.
Exclusive Pink Pages Interview with Joyce
What’s your favorite part about Pink Pages?
"My favorite part about Pink Pages is seeing and hearing these authors come out from behind their words and stand before us saying them! They are remarkably candid, funny, warm, brilliant and I love hosting them live, on stage, and reacting in real time to what they deliver. We all love Alice and to be able to channel that affection through our camaraderie, and funnel it to The Hoffman Breast Center by way of Alice, knowing we are helping to save so many lives, does a soul good. As a 3X cancer survivor, it feels good to take the help when we need it, and if we are fortunate enough to survive, to pass on all that help and love to the world."
What unique skill has helped you become successful?
"I am a talker, and a seeker. My mother told me I spoke early and very clearly. I am an excavator—for meaning and was always drawn to the arts and studied them—all of them—music and dance, literature and film, theater and acting. That to me is where the truth— beneath the facts—lies. So luckily I could channel all that into a career that involves me being a conduit for artists, and causes that are life- affirming. I am also an optimist and believe that all things are possible-- we just have to figure out how."
What’s your favorite accomplishment in your career thus far?
"I remain proud of going thumb to thumb with Roger Ebert as his co-host. He was brilliant, open, and very kind to me-- the greatest broadcast movie critic in the business. I am proud I pioneered a career as an arts reporter on a nightly newscast and gave stature to that sector of our community which is undervalued. Artists show us the best in ourselves and help us understand the human condition. Participating in the arts stimulates our creativity, and our compassion for one another. The arts are a way the culture has of talking to itself, reflecting us back to ourselves via an artist’s unique voice, so we can digest what’s going on. I can’t wait to see the movies and plays that are being created now, that will help us make sense of this surreal time."
What makes for good entertainment?
"Good entertainment makes us happy and lets us escape! Good entertainment is not always art— but that’s OK. Entertainment is a fun experience. A work of art is more than the sum of its parts and transcends the experience to reveal a truth."
What is the best advice you have been given?
"The best advice I was ever given, was probably the advice my mother gave to me as a young woman when I was teaching high school English and didn’t like it. Everyone was telling me not to give up, that it would get better, that it was a good job for a woman, that I would have my summers off, etc. My mother was the only one who said to me, "HEY— if you don’t like it, quit and find something you LOVE.” She was fearless for me and it echoed what I felt in my deepest self. I quit cold without another job on the horizon and learned that sometimes you just have to know when to say NO so you can make room for the thing you will say YES to. Three months later, a job in TV presented itself out of nowhere— and I said YES."
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