Heather Carver will present a talk about her work "Ten Years of Laughing at Cancer" at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 in Lang 040 (Interpreters Theatre). Her performance of Booby Hatch will take place in the Interpreters Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. Both events are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Booby Hatch performance are free but must be reserved through EventBrite.
Carver's presentation, Booby Hatch, a Hysterical Musicale, the third performance in Carver's comedic, autobiographical trilogy of one-woman plays about her experiences as a breast cancer patient and survivor for over 10 years. The journey of her illness led Dr. Carver to more fully understand the power of humor in supporting health. Prior to that time, Carver had actively researched on women’s health and performance, particularly that of women in academia.
Dr. Carver began writing to help process the grief and fear after she was diagnosed at age 37 and the mother of two young daughters. Her long journey through treatment, surgery, relapse and recovery provided the raw material for her plays. Donning the clown’s persona, Carver’s musings are thoughtful, funny, and ironic as she relates the situations and relationships cancer brought to her life. She refers to her journey as "Ten Years of Laughing at Cancer."
Carver is the seventh speaker in the Communication Studies Hearst Lecture Series, and is Department Chair, Co-Director Writing for Performance Program, Co-founder of the Troubling Violence Project, Creator and Artistic Director of the Life and Literature Performance Workshop and Series, and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri.