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caris corfman
Caris Corfman.

Caris Corfman was with us only briefly before moving on to Florida State, then Yale Drama and Broadway. Many of us remember her delicate beauty, sense of humor and, above all, talent. Few of us could have realized that courage was her most impressive attribute.

In 1993, Caris was in the midst of a career that had included Broadway and Hollywood, when it was discovered that she had a non-cancerous brain tumor. The tumor, however, was in an awkard spot. During the operation to remove it, the area of the brain that handles short term memory was damaged. 

After the operation, Caris could still remember monolgues from plays she'd done decades earlier, but could no longer remember what someone had said to her moments before. Learning lines was out. But this did not deter her.

Several years ago, despite the trauma and a daily regimen of as many as 12 prescription meds, she starred in a one-woman show. Developed with the help of friends, Caris' Peace featured flawlessly remembered monolgues from the actress' earlier career, and new monlogues read off of index cards. It was a theatrical tour de force that played in New York, Washington and Philadelphia. It was also an act of great courage and commitment. Caris died in her sleep, of a stroke, in January 2007.

Click here to read the New York Times review of Caris' one woman show.

Documentary filmmaker Gaylen Ross is currently in production on a film about Caris, entitled Caris'Peace .

Amadeus playbill
caris corfman
Caris at the time of
her one woman show
Caris originated the role of Katherina
Cavalieri, Salieri's pupil, in
Broadway's Amadeus.
She understudied and then replaced
Jane Seymour as Constanze Weber
Mozart's wife.

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