Solo Arts Heal
Hosted by Gail Schickele
Wednesday, Jun 24 | 7:30 PDT
I Got Sick Then I Got Better
Written & Performed by Jenny Allen
Directed by James Lapine and Darren Katz
I Got Sick Then I Got Better is a comic riff on one woman’s adventures after falling down the medical rabbit hole. Diagnosed with and treated for ovarian cancer in 2005, writer and performer Jenny Allen (The New Yorker, The New York Times) tells her story of the harrowing tailspin she took following her diagnosis, combining biting humor with searing emotion in a witty, bittersweet monologue that limns the personal and family collateral damage a life-threatening illness brings.
Jenny Allen is a writer and performer. Her solo show, I Got Sick Then I Got Better, directed by James Lapine and Darren Katz, was first produced at New York Theatre Workshop, where it was extended three times, and has since been seen at venues across the country.
Jenny’s humorous essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications, as well as in her collection Would Everybody Please Stop? (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her Off-Broadway acting credits include Deb Margolin’s Imagining Madoff and Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Jenny lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts and is the mother of two grown daughters.
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 HEALS will include 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.