“As a healing provider myself, it was a powerful piece. A reminder of patient perspective that you don’t see too often, really quite surreal.”
– Dr. Michael Green – Hematologist Onc. No. Cal. Kaiser
“I’ve worked for 30 years with people who are writing and performing their own stories. In that time I’ve heard a lot of people give witness to the trials of having a life threatening disease. Judith Dambowic goes further than anyone I’ve encountered. She gets the awful contrasts of fear and courage, agency and impotence, armor and vulnerability.”
– David Ford – “the dean of solo performance” —SF Chronicle
The Berkeley Marsh
March 8, 15, and 22 2020
*see below for listing of talkbacks and benefits
Sundays at 2:00pm
Written & Performed by Judith C
Directed by Rebecca Fisher
This serious, yet often funny show, demonstrates the transition from provider to patient and what lessons this role reversal may have.
Much of her motivation for writing and performing this piece comes from the way the media portrays cancer heroes, cancer miracles, and people that ‘fight’ for their lives. She presents options other than the fighting model as a response to cancer.
In the course of the show, using actual conversations with providers, Judith portrays her interactions with the medical establishment in hopes that there can be a better understanding of the journey and choices faced by a person with a catastrophic diagnosis.
Talkbacks and Benefits
Sunday, March 8: Proceeds will go towards Camp Kesem (Berkeley), one of many chapters of a wider organization that supports children through and beyond a parent’s cancer. Founded at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has since expanded to 116 chapters in 42 states around the country, offering free summer camps for children who have been impacted by this life-changing event.
• Camp Kesem Outreach Coordinator Autumn Frlekin and DevelopmentCoordinator Shaked Salem will discuss how the camp brings together a community of children with similar experiences in a safe, welcoming environment to have fun and rediscover their
Sunday, March 15: Proceeds will go towards the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic for Low-Income Women with Cancer in Oakland. For 25 years, this free public health clinic and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has provided integrative cancer care and supportive services that complement mainstream cancer treatments. These services include acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, bodywork, guided imagery, movement, and nutritional therapies.
• Dr. Loveleena Virk and Dr. Divya Chandrasekar, Palliative Care MDs atKaiser Oakland will discuss approaches that improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness.
Sunday, March 22: Proceeds from the final performance will go towards the Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC) in Berkeley. This non-profit organization creates opportunities for women with cancer to improve their quality of life through education, supportive services, and
• Dolores Moorehead, WCRC Lead Client Navigator and Multicultural Client Support Clinician, will be accompanied by a client to share how this organization helps people with cancer navigate through the overwhelming health care system, allowing them to get the
appropriate care and treatment they need.
Judith C, PT, Clinical Specialist in Chronic Pain, had decades of clinical and teaching experience as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a Chronic Pain Management Program.
At age 58, she received a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, with no clear and accepted treatment path, and a limited life expectancy. She unexpectedly began writing and performing as part of a class to help her manage the ‘new normal’.
Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 & $100 Reserved Seating
Berkeley Main Stage
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 18+
Please do not bring infants to the show
For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.
Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
(Additional service fees apply)