Cancer, Caregivers, and Comedy: Two Chicago Women Bring Their Story of Survival to New York

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BeeFAB Productions, a Chicago-based theater company, is bringing its new show, “Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer,” to Chelsea’s Magnet Theater for its New York debut on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Written and performed by Judy Fabjance and Kelly Beeman, “Tales” is a collection of satire, comedy, and touching stories about the brutal strength of newlyweds facing the daily grim realities of The Big C – softened by the humor of the unexpected bittersweet revelations.

“Anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way will relate to this show,” says Fabjance. “We’ve had doctors and nurses come to our show and tell us that they now have a better understanding of what their patients go through.”

When Fabjance produced her first one-woman show, “Are You There, Judy? It’s me, Cancer” in 2011, she was already a three-year survivor after a right mastectomy. Last year she married Beeman, who became her primary caretaker.

Beeman calls “Tales” a love story. “So many people feel like they are trapped in this depressing, scary story. We want to help them find the humor, find the lighter side; find the release.”

Through sketches, songs, and monologues, Beeman and Fabjance tackle everything from restrictive diets to their sex life to the questionable motives of cancer’s so-called “Big Pink” industry.

Their satirical perspective is rooted in their training at the Chicago’s Second City Conservatory, where Fabiance has been an instructor since 1999, where she worked and studied with Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, and many other comedic luminaries who have supported Fabjance through every step of her arduous journey. Colbert even provided an autographed book for a silent auction as a fundraiser for the cause, listing the book’s actual value as “priceless.”

Beeman writes and performs in training sketches for Lambda Legal, Personal Pac, and Motorola, where she also has a day job as a reliability engineer.

Monday, May 4th
Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer
Magnet Theater :
254 West 29th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)
Box Office (212) 244-8824
Showtime: 8:30PM
Tickets: $7

For more information contact:
Judy Fabjance / 773-988-2289 / gfabjance(at)gmail(dot)com /
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