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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Jenny Allen to perform

  • September is National Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, a mouthful to be sure, but worth every syllable because it focuses our attention upon this prevalent and intractable illness.
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  • — September is National Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, a mouthful to be sure, but worth every syllable because it focuses our attention upon this prevalent and intractable illness.
    Officials at the Cooperage will be hosting a very special evening of theatre here at The Cooperage.
    The talented actress, comedian, author and playwright, Jenny Allen, herself a cancer survivor, will bring her acclaimed one-act play I Got Sick Then I Got Better to Honesdale for a single performance on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    As described on Allen's website, "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, Jenny Allen 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 grew up in upstate New York. She was active in theater in high school and at Yale and also was in a comedy troupe, Serious Bizness in New York. She had a career in the 1970s and '80s as a magazine writer, contributing numerous articles and essays then and throughout the intervening years to such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, Vogue, Esquire, More, Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping.
    Several years ago, a group of journalist friends encouraged Allen to pursue stand-up comedy. In 2007, she wrote "I Got Sick Then I Got Better." Since then, this one act play has been seen in theaters, hospitals, universities and at cancer conferences around the country.
    "We are proud to have Jenny Allen with us for a single performance of her remarkable one-woman play I Got Sick Then I Got Better. We invite you to experience her compelling and powerful telling of her battle with cancer and her journey beyond as only she can relate it," said a spokesman from the Cooperage.
    A reception with Jenny Allen will follow the performance.
    The Cooperage Project is proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute located in Scranton. Suggested donation is $30. Reservations recommended. Call 570-253-2020 or send an email to info@thecooperageproject.org.
    The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale, is operated by the The Cooperage Project, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build community through performance, learning, and good times and good works. For more information visit www.thecooperageproject.org.

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