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A Marsh Rising Presentation

A Benefit for the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

Written & Performed by Judith C
Directed by Rebecca Fisher
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 7:30 pm
60 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 18+
Tickets: $15

Marsh Risings are One-Night-Only performances of rising talent at The Marsh. Marsh Rising presents works in progress that may be ready for an extended run. For information about putting on a Marsh Rising show, email David Hirata at david@themarsh.org


Show Description

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.

This Performance benefits Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic

“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


Artist Biography

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’.