“The C Word: Her Own Cancer Story” is Barbara Bates Smith personal cancer story, which ironically began while she was playing the role of a cancer patient in the drama, “Wit.” She performs “The C Word” at 3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 24, at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville.
A Southeastern Theatre “Best Actress” award winner, Barbara has recently played featured roles in regional productions of “Hamlet” and “Doubt.” She has performed as the lead in four productions of “Wit,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a cancer patient. It was during her first of these shows that she was diagnosed with cancer herself.
In “The C Word,” Smith uses her close journaling to reconstruct her experience of diagnosis and treatment; and remember her friend Cheryle, a hospice patient with ovarian cancer. She weaves together her story, Cheryle’s story, and “Wit” to create a frank, humorous, and poignant story of cancer and compassion.
Smith is able to honestly express her anger, fears, and fantasies; and portray her struggles. She comes to understand that the C-word doesn’t just represent cancer. The other C-word, compassion, is the one that really changes everything.
“The C Word: Her Own Cancer Story” will be performed at 3 p.m., Sat, Sept. 24, at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville, 3 p.m. The performance is open and free to the public. For more information call 627-8923 or visit www.barbarabatessmith.com