discovered, at the age of 18, that she had been exposed to
DES in utero. She was later diagnosed with DES-related cellular
changes, an unusually small and deformed uterus, hormonal
imbalance, and infertility. Alice and her husband adopted
their daughter four years ago.
writes for television and the stage. Her play Philomela’s
Tapestry uses a Greek myth to communicate the DES (diethylstilbestrol)
story. The myth tells the story of Philomela, who is raped.
She vows to tell what has happened, but her assailant cuts
out her tongue. Silenced and wounded, she finds another way
to speak by weaving her story into a tapestry to show to the