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Cancer survivor to perform play at The Cooperage

Jenny Allen
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September 11, 2013

HONESDALE, PA — The actress, comedian, author and playwright Jenny Allen, a cancer survivor, will bring her acclaimed one-act play “I Got Sick Then I Got Better” to The Cooperage for a single performance on Saturday, September 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.

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 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.” A reception with Allen will follow the performance.

A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute located in Scranton. A donation of $30 is suggested. Reservations recommended. Call 570/253-2020 or email info@thecooperageproject.org.