Solo Arts Heal

Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.

Wednesday November 3, 2021 | 7:30pm PT

Imaginary Endings

by Ellen Dunphy

Ellen starts 2020 playing dying characters on stage and in a training video. Six months later, she is diagnosed with real-life terminal stomach cancer and her real-life oncologist is the same doctor from the video. The death sentence sends her reeling. She grapples with cancer, mortality, and what it means to be authentic.

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About the Performer

Ellen Dunphy is a Bay Area actor, originally from Wisconsin. Bay Area productions include: The Baltimore Waltz (Dragon Productions Theatre), An Ideal Husband and In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (The Pear Theatre), Unholy Trinity (Exit Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), and The Laramie Project, Dog Sees God, and Twisted Hitchcock (Left Coast Theatre Company). She’s also worked on camera and as a standardized patient. Imaginary Endings is Ellen’s first play.


Solo performers present real-life, empowering stories. Transformative experiences for audiences. A theater of resilience that celebrates overcoming mental and physical life challenges and offers hope and inspiration. SOLO ARTS HEAL includes excerpts, talkbacks, and Q&A that provide education and advocacy. Readings or clips of performances will be shared by artists in conversation with Gail Schickele, whose work as a manager and producer of solo artists inspired collaboration of performing arts presenters with artists on a medical track based on their personal experience. The collective creative vision? To help communities through educational outreach and the healing power of the Arts. 

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