“Thrive” Commemorates National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month at the United
Solo Festival in NYC Next Month
"THRIVE: A Singular Journey to Survivor Island", Duvall O'Steen's one woman
show directed by Obie Award winner and Grammy nominee Gretchen Cryer, is
back home in New York City at the United Solo Festival: Monday, October 3rd at
9pm and Saturday, October 8th at 2pm in the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
(410 West 42nd Street), in commemoration of national Breast Cancer Awareness
A befitting theme for BCAM, THRIVE offers an intimate opportunity to crawl
inside the heart and mind of a breast cancer warrior. With humor and grace, the
performance reveals the Do's and Don'ts of loved ones attempting to share the
struggle in a little over an hour. "My mission is to expand our compassion and
understanding for those battling life threatening illness," says O'Steen. "I'd like to
open a deeper and more meaningful dialogue between healthy people and
those around them who are living with cancer."
Based on the book The Cancer Club: No New Members Wanted by Nuala Forsey,
this impactful piece of Live Theatre weaves Forsey's poetry and memoir to
chronicle her real life struggles with breast cancer. Simultaneously battling
personal life trauma, medical bureaucracy, professionalchallenges and physical
limitations, Forsey shares an unforgettable tale of wit, pathos and triumph.
"Duvall O'Steen's stunning portrayal of one woman's cancer journey is like no
other," says Tania Padgett, former Editor at Newsday. "In Thrive, she expertly
weaves loss, humor, pain and victory into a dynamic performance."
Following the United Solo Festival, O'Steen has been invited to perform the
show in a benefit performance for the local chapter of Gilda's Club in Desert
Cities on Thursday, October 13th at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs. The
show debuted to a sold out crowd at The Players Theater in Greenwich Village in
the spring of 2015 and has enjoyed benefit performances for the Hope Lodge in
New Orleans in May of 2015 and the Episcopal Actor's Guild of New York in
February of 2016.
Tickets for the NYC performances are available at http://unitedsolo.org/us/thrive-2016/
For more information on the United Solo festival, visit: http://unitedsolo.org/us/upress.