For a cancer survivor and leukemia survivor, finding humor in life isn’t easy. So a Santa Cruz writer, an actor, a dancer and a doctor put together an event called “They Scream: We Scream!” to help survivors deal with their challenges. Performers include Ben Bova, star of the Showtime series “Ray Donovan,” as well as actress Emma Thompson and nationally-ranked acrobat.
Between the laughs, each performer shares their story.
A comedian says of recovery: “I survived cancer. And now I’m singing.”
Another says, “I get to punch people in the ass a lot.”
They get naked, they get medicated, they get terrified.
And then they sing.
The author talks about the night: “It’s about getting really intimate with yourself. And everyone else that’s watching you go through these things is just there to help you along the way. It was a nice way to start sharing something. It was also a show.”
Tickets are $20-$35. (Available here.) Proceeds benefit the SMART (Saving the lives of Seriously Ill and Brilliant Adults) Club and the UC Santa Cruz Burns and Oral Cancer Center.