Medical Stories On Stage: Medicine Changed My Life

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Free show!  Directed by Professor Jules Odendahl-James, students in her performance studies class Medical Stories on Stage: Medicine Changed My Life have embraced adaptation as both theme and practice. Building from a semester examining the artistic form, emotional affect, and social/cultural function of illness stories that included a two-week intensive with guest artist, Kali Quinn, the program is comprised of 15 solo performances. The student performers come from a wide variety of majors: Lilly Chiou (Biology), Victor Schwartz, Victoria Hsiung, Asa Royal (Computer Science), Payton Schwantz, Rachel Skelton (Neuroscience), Bryce Starr, Jennifer Dietzel, Margaret Darko, Savion Elliot (Theater Studies), Liddy Grantland (English/AAAS), Shourya Kumar (Biology), Leila Milanfar (Evolutionary Anthropology), Kaya Scheman, and Emily Guinee.

Each student has created an adaptation from the following memoirs and graphic novels by physicians, patients, and caregivers:

A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain by Christina Crosby

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena Dunkle and Clare Dunkle

My Degeneration: A Journey through Parkinson’s by Peter Dunlap-Shohl

On Living by Kerry Egan

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney

The Story of my Tits by Jennifer Hayden

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab by Christine Montross

Stitches by David Small


title with drawings of skull, tree, bike

Sheafer Theater