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Signs of Life: Our Cancer Stories


Touchstone Theater, American Players Theatre, Spring Green, Wisconsin


Tickets are $32 advance, $36 day of show; $25 students/seniors. Tickets are available at

On April 22 and 23, Wisconsin Story Project will bring staged readings of its original play Cancer Stories under the new title, Signs of Life: Our Cancer Stories, to the Touchstone Theatre at American Players Theatre.


Showtimes: Friday, April 22 - 7:30pm, and Saturday, April 23 - 1:30pm


Presented by the Art at the Threshold event series, the readings will take place on April 22 at 7:30pm and April 23 at 1:30pm and feature Wisconsin actors Sarah Day, Dave Durbin, Jamie England, Richard Ganoung, Clare Arena Haden, Scott Haden, Terry Kerr and Judy Kimball.


A 6:15pm opening reception will welcome the Friday evening audience. A discussion with a panel of storytellers and actors will follow the Saturday matinee at 3:30pm. The panel will provide an opportunity to explore the relationship between a personal story and its theatrical performance, and the magic of both.


The Wisconsin Story Project spent two years collecting stories and writing Cancer Stories. The play encompasses over 40 hours worth of interviews with people affected by cancer, whether having a cancer diagnosis themselves, having a loved one with cancer, or treating people with cancer.


Interviewees shared their deliberations, insights, feelings and questions. The play captures these stories and weaves them together in an exquisite exploration of what it means to be ill, what it means to be well and, ultimately, what it means to be human. The play recognizes the fragility of life and the deep wells of strength contained within the human spirit. It inspires us to be present to illness, embrace our wellness, and nurture the bonds that weave our lives together.


The performance is sponsored by UW Health.


Learn more about the Wisconsin Story Project


Learn more about Art at the Threshold, the event organizer