Comedic Play ‘Pirates of the Chemotherapy’ Comes to TNCC Oct. 23-25

Published: October 7, 2009

Iron Street Productions brings the play “Pirates of the Chemotherapy” to the stage at Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton campus. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24, and the final show on Oct. 25 starts at 3 p.m.

In this original dramatic comedy written by Paul Schutte and directed by Brandon Lyles, six breast cancer survivors portrayed by local actresses unite to take on more than just their cancer and the disease’s side effects. They band together to take on life, and in the process they find new meaning for their lives through love and laughter. The women even refer to themselves as pirates and don pirates’ attire complete with scarves and eye patches.

This moving yet hilarious production chronicles a young mother’s discovery that she has breast cancer and follows her story as she reluctantly attends a support group during chemotherapy treatment. The group consists of diverse personalities who learn to work together to deal with problems within the group.

Cancer is no laughing matter – but this courageous group shows audiences that one can choose to laugh at it. Comedy is how many of the members deal with the tragedy of cancer.

The play underlines the tremendous and relentless spirit of breast cancer survivors.

Tickets are $16 general admission, $15 senior/student/military/teacher (with ID) and $12 for groups of 12 or more . Tickets can be purchased at the following Hampton locations:

  • Goin’ Postal – 1188 Big Bethel Rd. (Hampton Woods Plaza), 757-826-1288
  • Distinctive Memories Boutique – 555C Settlers Landings Road, 757-728-1555
  • The Grey Goose Tea Room – 101 West Queens Way, 757-723-7978

Tickets are also available online at

A percentage of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Sisters Network Inc. – Norfolk affiliate chapter, Beyond Boobs! and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Now in its fourth season and in residency at TNCC, Iron Street Productions is a repertory company that strives to create opportunities for community participation in multi-cultural, enriching theatrical experiences.

For more information about upcoming events at TNCC’s Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, please call the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at 825-2527.


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