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Cancer Play Is Reality Theatre

Evening Edition

Aired 4/10/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Wayne Beach is a professor in the Department of Communication at San Diego State University. His research is the basis for "The Cancer Play."

Bill Damkoehler is an actor who plays the father in "The Cancer Play"

Brian Bielawski is an actor who plays the son in "The Cancer Play"


The Cancer Play

"The Cancer Play" is free and open to the public.

Theatrical performances will be held at San Diego Lyceum Theater on April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m.

Reservations are required, call 619-410-5061

If we were to conduct a survey about which word in the English language causes the most immediate fear and panic, the word "cancer" could very well top the list.

Even with medical advances and increases in survival rates, cancer remains a dreaded diagnosis and a life-changing experience.

San Diego State University professor of communication Wayne Beach has spent years researching how people speak about cancer and how they communicate with friends and family about their illness.

A play created out of that research is about to be performed by actors from San Diego's Moxie Theatre. It will be videotaped and sent to cities around the country.

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Tucker | April 10, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Didn't Patricia Loughrey write a play with this very material a few years ago? I think it was called "Listen"- I know I've heard some of this dialog before! Why two plays? What does this new one do that the (devestating..) previous one didn't do?

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