An Unhealthy Man Lectures You On Medical Issues at United Solo
Vincent Clark, a veteran Washington, DC area actor, has based his play on personal struggles with matters of health. Clark is a founding member and 30-year veteran of the Washington Stage Guild, one of the DC area's most respected theatre companies. He is also a member of Actors Equity Association. This production is presented as a part of the 2018 United Solo Festival and is an Equity Approved Showcase.
As promotional materials state: "The world's most eminent patient takes you a comic romp through the joys of medicine, surgery, pharmaceuticals and health insurance. A feel good comedy about being sick! You'll die laughing!"
As the title character explains as the play begins:
"I am a 63 year old, one-eyed diabetic with high blood pressure and cholesterol, three cardiac stents, an enlarged prostate, compressed vertebrae, rotting teeth, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe plaque psoriasis.
"And if I appear a little lopsided, it's because I have had a bunch of minor strokes-which I need like a hole in the head."
Mr. Clark says:
"I had originally intended to use this material as a piece of stand-up comedy. I then decided to make a short film just to amuse my friends on YouTube and Facebook. When I tried the script out at the Kennedy Center's 2016 Page-to-Stage Festival, people encouraged me to perform it as a theatre piece.
"As I developed the script, I enjoyed the advice and encouragement of a close circle of professional writers and theatre people. Some of them saw things in this play that I did not, and encouraged me to explore dimensions of my health experiences that I had not considered.
"As a result, I am very excited about performing the play at the United Solo Festival, but also a little apprehensive. I will, after all, be revealing things about myself that even my closest friends don't know."
Vincent Clark, a veteran Washington, DC area actor, has based his play on personal struggles with matters of health
Words of Wisdom from an Unhealthy Man
On his medical history:
When I was born, I had the post-partum depression.
If you have given your life to nursing, and anyone disrespects you, let me know and if that guy is shorter than five feet and weighs less than 130 pounds, I will kick his ass.
On health insurance:
Give me bankruptcy or give me death!
On a side effect of medication:
Hyperactivity - "It's 2 AM. I'm going to write a novel, rewire the house, and drive Putin out of the Ukraine. Back in half an hour."
On another side effect of medication:
Thrush?-?an oral yeast infection. So much yeast! You could stick a stalk of wheat in my mouth and pull out a loaf of Wonder Bread.
I've never met a carbohydrate I didn't like.