Wednesday, May 20 | 7:30 PDT
Valerie David | The Pink Hulk
Hosted by Gail Schickele
Featuring Valerie David in The PINK HULK
with featured Guests:
Director Maris Heller
Jenny L. Saldaña
Patient Navigator, New-York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Jenny is also a breast cancer survivor and stand-up comedian.
VALERIE DAVID: THE PINK HULK: ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY TO FIND THE SUPERHERO WITHIN
“It is the most powerful and poignant two hours I have ever spent at a theater. Her performance is life-changing…and we should all be a little grateful that there are people like Valerie David to lighten the way...” (BROADWAY WORLD)
Valerie David presents excerpts from her critically, internationally acclaimed comedic solo show, The Pink Hulk, which chronicles her extraordinary journey to become a three-time cancer survivor. Now battling breast cancer after fighting off lymphoma, Valerie does something most people facing cancer in their life probably wouldn’t think of doing. With a fear that she might lose “the girls”, she takes them out for one last hurrah. Does Valerie succeed? Is there a “happy” ending?! This award-winning solo show follows Valerie’s path to find her superhero within to fight back and become a cancer survivor. An empowering, true story—with plenty of laughs guaranteed.
Valerie will be joined by director Maris Heller and Jenny L. Saldaña, Patient Navigator, New-York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Jenny is also a breast cancer survivor and stand-up comedian.
The Pink Hulk
The Pink Hulk chronicles Valerie’s extraordinary journey in kicking cancer to the curb 3 times with plenty of humor—guaranteed! A survivor of both non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer twice, her show is NOT just about cancer—it is about fighting back from any adversity in life. The Pink Hulk has been making an impact on audiences with its universal message of hope and empowerment. Her powerful mantra is to never, ever give up hope, even in the worst of circumstances. Valerie has toured The Pink Hulk around the country and worldwide—over 23 cities and all over Europe. In a little over 3 years’ time, The Pink Hulk was accepted into 28 different play festivals, went from page to stage in less than 6 months. She also holds post-show audience talkbacks and special panels with prominent members of the healthcare community on topics ranging from patient advocacy to coping mechanisms.
Valerie is an improviser, writer, editor and motivational speaker. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Manhattan Campus and James Madison University, her credits include the Off-Broadway production of A Stoop on Orchard Street, Cookie in Rumors and Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life. Films: How I Became that Jewish Guy and Bridges and Tunnels. Memberships: Dramatists Guild, TRU, League of Professional Theatre Women, AEA and SAG-AFTRA. With more than 20 years of experience as a writer and an editor, she also teaches improv and writing classes across the country and worldwide. Valerie is currently developing her new solo show Baggage from BaghDAD about her father and his family fleeing Iraq in 1941 from religious persecution—and how their survival shaped who she is today.
Photo credit: Emily Hewitt
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.