One-Woman Show Confronts Cancer And Body Image Through Humor, Candor
Inspired by true stories from the playwright’s life, Mama Juggs is an intimate performance about women’s health and living with breast cancer. Anita Shontel Woodley, an award-winning journalist – formerly with CNN – will return to Atlanta for the first-ever Atlanta Fringe Festival, where she’ll perform five shows between May 10 and May 13.
Mama Juggs channels the voices of three proud African-American women within her family as they struggle with bra stuffing, breastfeeding and last stage breast cancer – all in the context of the social and economic adversity of the Oakland projects. Woodley wrestles with these issues through a diversity of theatrical styles, including a cappella negro spirituals, comedy, straight talk, improvisation, and audience interactions.
Woodley, based in Chapel Hill, is an award-winning journalist for WUNC-FM’s The Story with Dick Gordon. She plays three different characters in Mama Juggs (Grandma Suga Babe, Mable-Ree, and Anita) without the help of costume changes or scene breaks. In 2010, after tracing her maternal roots to the Tikar people of central Africa, she brought her play across the Atlantic and was the first in her family to reconnect with their ancestral tribe.
The Atlanta Fringe Festival showcases “nontraditional works that push audiences to gain new perspective on diverse and multi-cultural artistic expression.” The organizers say the festival “promotes the next generation of arts enthusiasts, propelling Atlanta forward into a wider arts arena.”
Mama Juggs has been warmly received by audiences across the U.S. Written as a promise to her mother – who died of breast cancer before 50 – it seeks to challenge cultural taboos and stereotypes surrounding breast health and body image. By raising both money and social consciousness, it’s designed to contribute to the winnable campaign against breast cancer.
To view the trailer and for more information, visit www.mamajuggs.com.
WHEN: Thursday 5/10 at 8 p.m., Friday 5/11 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday 5/12 at 5 p.m.and 11 p.m., Sunday 5/13 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Mask Center | 1083 Austin Ave. NE, #008, Atlanta, GA 30307
TICKETS: $10 per show, plus $3 Fringe button or $45+ for multi-show passes | atlantafringe.org/home/buy-tickets