Award-Winning PINK HULK One-Woman Show Comes to the SaraSolo Theatre Festival

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Actor and playwright Valerie David performs her inspiring, comical award-winning one-woman show about becoming a two-time cancer survivor while embarking on a hijinks-filled quest for love and new meaning in her life.

Award-winning The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within, written and starring actor and playwright Valerie David, will be performed on January 28 as part of the SaraSolo Theatre Festival presented by Gotta Van Productions, Inc., in Sarasota.

Valerie David's hilarious and moving journey about becoming a two-time cancer survivor, kicking cancer to the curb TWICE while she embarks on a nonstop quest for love and new meaning in her life! Starting a new career, Valerie is stopped in her tracks when she feels a lump. Having had lymphoma, she is now diagnosed with breast cancer. Experience her devastation-turned-determination as Valerie's "hulk-like" strength inspires her resolve to find her superhero within-a true and inspiring story. Watch the underdog triumph!

David, who has been cancer-free since 2015, wrote the autobiographical The Pink Hulk to express the empowerment she felt being able to find humor and superhero inner strength going through two bouts of cancer.

"I hope this play inspires anyone facing any sort of adversity in their life-not just cancer. I want people to know hope and humor exist in even the worst of circumstances," David says.

At its world premiere in the Planet Connections Festivity Theatre Festival in New York City this past summer, The Pink Hulk was nominated for Best Performance of a Solo Show, Best Overall Production of a Solo Show, and won Best Director of a Solo Show. It was also awarded a Congeniality Award and Planet Activist Award, raising funds and awareness for Mary's Place by the Sea, a nonprofit cancer organization in Ocean Grove, NJ.

Last fall, David performed The Pink Hulk in New York City, Providence, Rhode Island, and in Baltimore's Charm City Fringe Festival. Spring performances include Manhattan, Pittsburgh, Providence again and Orlando.

The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within?
Written and Performed by Valerie David; Directed by Padraic Lillis
Venue: Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota
Saturday, January 28, at 3 p.m., 60-minute show with mature content

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VALERIE DAVID (Writer and Performer) is an actor and playwright. A graduate of James Madison University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her credits include the Off-Broadway production of A Stoop on Orchard Street, Cookie in Rumors and Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life. Films: How I Became that Jewish Guy, which premiered at a November 2015 NYC Film Festival, and Bridges and Tunnels. Memberships include the League of Professional Theatre Women, AEA and SAG-AFTRA. She also performs improv throughout New York City with improv groups Faceplant, Cronuts and Cherub. Valerie played the role of Maxine in Abraham's Daughters by Emma Goldman-Sherman and directed by Lorca Peress in the Lady Liberty Festival on 9/11 and this winter at the Bernie Wohl Center and Intersections International. She wrote and starred in the one-woman musical Bring On a Man!; and both cowrote and starred in the two-person show Wanted: A Few Good Men and Two-mur Humor: He's Malignant; She's Benign.

Padraic Lillis (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of The Farm Theater. He was awarded Best Direction of a Solo Show for Valerie's The Pink Hulk solo show at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Padraic has also been awarded the NY IT Award for Outstanding Director for Lindsay Joy's Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen, Overall Excellence Award from NY International Fringe Festival for Lee Kaplan's Bully, Best Overall Production of a Solo Show and Planet Advocate Award for his solo show addressing suicide awareness Hope You Get To Eleven or What are we going to do about Sally?, and is a member of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. He is a published playwright with Dramatist Play Services and Indie Theater Now. His film Hand Over Hand, which he wrote and directed, was awarded Best Short Film at the Milan International Film Festival. He is a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company and a lifelong Yankee fan.

For more info, visit:
Facebook: @ThePinkHulk @Valerie David

Photo Courtesy of Rich Boober Photography

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