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Isadoora Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Wellness Center Partnership

"Cancer tries to bring you down; Laughter lifts you up.
............Fortunately, only one is Contagious!"

Isadoora Theatre Company will open its 11th season with a Reader's Theater presentation of Paul Schutte's award-winning dramatic comedy, Pirates of the Chemotherapy, October 26-28, 2012.  Hosted by the Wellness Center of Door County in the play's first Wisconsin presentation, the Reading is directed by Chris Weidenbacher and features local actresses Ginger Auld, Madelyn DePrey, Pamela Johnson, Renée Kujawski, Chris Milton, and Karen Newbern.

Six members of a breast cancer support group chronicle their failures and triumphs as they learn to work together to deal with their diverse personalities, and address problems that arise within the group. The women unite to contend with more than just their cancer and the disease’s side effects; they band together to face death and take on life, and in the process they find new meaning for their lives through love and laughter. Moving yet hilarious, the show underlines the tremendous and relentless spirit of breast cancer survivors.  "Cancer is nothing to laugh about – but you can choose to laugh at it!”

Pirates of the Chemotherapy won the Audience Choice award for Best Play at the 2009 Smithfield Little Theater One Act Festival. Schutte later expanded the show to two acts, and explains that he first got the idea for the play when he noticed a friend with breast cancer who was undergoing chemotherapy. She was wearing a scarf over her bald head and hoop earrings, and they reminded him of a pirate’s outfit. “It stuck in my head. After researching the topic, I realized what an apt metaphor pirates were for breast cancer survivors. They have lost parts of them like pirates (a hook for a hand, a peg for a leg and a patch covering an eye), and they fight fierce battles.”

Isadoora Theatre Company, a completely volunteer-run Door County nonprofit community theater group, is proud to support and pleased to be working with the Wellness Center of Door County with this production. It is a fitting partnership, as a piece of Isadoora's mission is to bring to light the true human desires for justice, hope and the possibilities of life; to tell meaningful stories about the human condition through the basic elements of music, movement, story and thought.  The Wellness Center (312 N. Fifth Ave., Sturgeon Bay) is a non-profit organization that provides compassionate and affordable health care in an empowering environment that respects diversity, dignity and choice.  Their recent expansion now allows the Center to offer a number of new programs, including free breast cancer screening.   Pirates of the Chemotherapy attendees will have an opportunity to tour the Wellness Center of Door County's beautiful new facility one half-hour before each Reader's Theater performance; and all are invited to stay afterwards for a Talk-Back and discussion panel, which will include health experts from the Center and local breast cancer survivors.  Admission will be by free-will donation, and proceeds will be shared with the Wellness Center to support their new free breast cancer screenings and early detection programs.

Isadoora Theatre Company and the Wellness Center of Door County present: Paul Schutte's Pirates of the Chemotherapy.  Reader's Theater presentation to support the Wellness Center of Door County, 312 N. Fifth Ave., Sturgeon Bay.  Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM.  Admission is free (donations accepted to support the Wellness Center and Isadoora); seating is first-come, first served.  Doors open for seating and Open House / facility tours 30 minutes before each Reading.  For more information, please visit

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Isadoora Theatre Company adds Northern Door performance of Pirates of the Chemotherapy

Isadoora Theatre Company and the Wellness Center of Door County will bring Paul Schutte’s dramatic comedy, Pirates of the Chemotherapy, to northern Door audiences on Tuesday, October 30.

A partnership between the two nonprofits, Pirates of the Chemotherapy chronicles the struggles and triumphs of six breast cancer support group members as they cope with their diagnoses, symptoms, and treatments; face death, and embrace life.  Schutte’s piece offers moments both hilarious and tragic, and has been highly praised by cancer survivors across the country for being a clear-eyed, honest, and uplifting portrayal of “what it’s like.”  Isadoora is presenting the show in Reader’s Theater format, featuring local actresses Ginger Auld, Madelyn DePrey, Pamela Johnson, Renée Kujawski, Chris Milton, and Karen Newbern, under the direction of Chris Weidenbacher.  There will be an opportunity for audience questions and discussion, incorporating Wellness Center personnel and local breast cancer survivors, at the conclusion of each performance.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim, will host the performance on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30PM.

The reading will also be performed at the Wellness Center of Door County in Sturgeon Bay, 312 North Fifth Avenue, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 26-28, at 7:30PM, and a matinee on Sunday Oct. 28 at 2:00PM.  Wellness Center doors will open 30 minutes prior to those performances for tours of the Center’s newly-expanded facility.

Admission to all performances will be by free-will donation, and a portion of the proceeds will support the Wellness Center of Door County’s free breast cancer screening and early detection programs.

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