Tuesday, February 16, 2010

And they said I wouldn't make it...A Story of Hope

Written and Performed by
Samuel G. Roberson, Jr.
February 22, 2010 - 7pm
Tickets: $10
At the age of 8, this typical, healthy, all-star baseball player was diagnosed with Leukemia, a cancer of the blood that was unknown to him and his family.
This play looks at the strength of a young boy and his family during a time where success seemed impossible; yet failing was not an option.  It intimately explores the emotional highs and lows of hospital care, as well as the joy and pain associated with maintaining a family's spirit of hope while faced with what some doctors would say was certain death.
But this is not a story about death or sorrow but one of resilience.  A celebration of how the struggles in life shape us into who we are.  A story of HOPE.

Sam G. Roberson, Jr., is a graduate of the Howard University BFA program with a concentration in Theatre Arts.  Roberson has been seen in Chicago on the stage of Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre and Congo Square Theatre.  Additional credits include Penumbra Theatre in Black Natavity: A Homecoming, The Children's Theatre Company in Bud, Not Buddy, The Lost Boys of Sudan, Antigone, Prom, Pippi Longstocking, Alladin Jr. and Sleeping Beauty.  He has also been seen at the Pillsbury House Theatre, Illusion Theater, Imagination Stage, Source Theatre and The Studio Theatre.  His first play, Same Difference, was produced as a co-production between the Illusion Theater and Pillsbury House Theatre.  His second play And they said I wouldn't make it...A Story of Hope was workshopped in the Illusion Theater's Fresh Ink series in 2008.  he has served as an acting apprentice with The Children's Theatre Company and has been awarded a 2007 Jerome Many VoicesResidency through the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis.  He is also a recipient of a 2008 Cultural Community Partnership Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. He is the Founder and President of Make Me A Match Project, a non profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about leukemia and other blood related diseases with an emphasis on minorities.  he is very thankful to his family, friends and all of those who have supported him over the years.  16 years of remission and counting.  Conceive, believe, achieve!!!

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