VITAL SIGNS: Gross, shocking, hilarious, absurd and heart-warming, Alison Whittaker, a Registered Nurse at a major urban hospital, takes you behind the scenes of our current health care system for an intimate look at the nurses, patients and their families coping with blood-and-guts real life in the hospital. From diaper changes and catheters to despair, hope and humanity, this is a glimpse of real-life in the hospital as you've never seen it before.
"Alison is a gifted writer and performer...painfully funny and profound." Ann Randolph
"...masterful parody, amazing humor, and unusual sensitivity and compassion. She humanizes a world that is often percieved as sterile and impersonal. Her work will be a revelation to many and a thoroughly entertaining experience for all." Jeff Anderson, MD
"Way to go, Alison! As a nurse I could physically feel the exhaustion, pressure, and the sense of duty while caring for my patients. I would watch your show again and again. Two thumbs up." Maria Rivera, RN
"While Alison massages her aching feet, Benetta gushes about her Brazilian wax job. Lucy boasts about her multiple orgasms (nine this time). Tina proudly shows off a picture of her new boyfriend's . . . features. Not what you'd expect to hear in a nurses's break room but that's precisely what was said and where. It's the kind of scene that populates Alison Whittaker's starkly honest and fiercely funny new solo show "Vital Signs." This show bears the authority of someone who works on the front lines in the Neurology unit at one of San Francisco's better hospitals and has survived to tell the tale. Back in the break room the conversation turns to the perfect patient. Ruth's thoughts: someone with a feeding tube, colostomy bag, comatose, and, most important, no living relatives. Yea, there's no sugar coating here. Just Alison Whittaker's singular vision of a nurses life, told unapologetically with humor and grace." -- Stagewerx theater
Alison is being directed by David Ford and has worked with Ann Randolph at the Marsh. She has perfromed at the Marsh, San Francisco Theatre Festival, Solo Sundays at Stage Werx, Women On The Way Festival, and Most recently a run at Shotwell Studios. Alison was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in New England. She moved to California in the aftermath of the Sixties enthusiastically exploring the human potential movement, community living, and saving the planet. She currently works as a registered nurse.
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