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“Problematic? I’m a 20 year old boy, whose last concern should be bumpy balls. Problematic? A testicle as big and hard and bumpy as mine… I would say that is something more than just problematic.”

On the day of his cancer diagnosis, Brian began writing notes about his experience with illness: the unfamiliar language, the awkward silences, the strange sensations. The writing eventually became BALL, his first full-length monologue which toured the world to thousands of audiences members including medical students, doctors, patient groups, and people who just wanted to hear the (un)inspiring story. But just like so many people with cancer, Brian noticed that he did not stop thinking about his body, and particularly how it was changed through illness. Instead of shutting up and getting ‘back to normal’, Brian continued to create. Each show captures a different moment in the journey, and asks different questions along the way.

Performances
Chronology and Performance History

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  • 2001
    Cancer diagnosis on November 1. Opening monologue of BALL written
    2002
    ‘Sperm Bank’ monologue performed at Work Gallery — Ann Arbor, Michigan
    2003
    BALL Premiere at the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan
    2004
    BALL receives Hopwood Drama Award from the University of Michigan
    BALL at Single File Solo Performance Festival — Chicago, Illinois
    BALL at McGill University Medical School — Montreal, Quebec
    BALL at Ohio State University Medical School — Columbus, Ohio
    2005
    BALL at Makor/Steinhart Center — New York City, City
    BALL at Michigan State University — East Lansing, Michigan
    BALL at National Communication Assoc. Conference — Boston, Massachusetts
    BALL at Skidmore College — Saratoga, New York
  • 2006
    Other Funny Stories About Cancer premiere at Fillet of Solo Festival, Live Bait Theater, Chicago, directed by Margot Bordelon

    BALL at Bailiwick Repertory Theatre — Chicago, Illinois (5-week run), directed by Margot Bordelon, stage managed by Drew Durfee
    (BALL and Other Funny Stories About Cancer, for three nights, ran at two different Chicago theaters, at 5pm and 8pm)
    BALL at Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine Biennial Conference, as Keynote Address
    BALL at CAPO (Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology) Conference — Montreal, Quebec, as Keynote Address
    BALL at Columbia University Medical School — New York City, New York
    BALL at McGill University Medical School — Montreal, Quebec
    BALL at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine — Kent, Ohio
    BALL at Northern Plains Performance Festival — St. Cloud, Minnesota
    BALL at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School — New Brunswick, New Jersey
    BALL at Rosalind Franklin Medical School — North Chicago, Illinois
    BALL at University of Florida Medical School — Gainesville, Florida
    BALL at Warehouse Theatre — Washington DC

    2007
    Other Funny Stories About Cancer and BALL at Arizona State University,
    Other Funny Stories About Cancer and BALL at Western Washington University — Bellingham, Washington
    Other Funny Stories About Cancer at The Tank — New York City, New York
    Other Funny Stories About Cancer at Speakeasy DC — Washington, DC
    BALL at Ben-Gurion University Medical School — Beersheva, Israel
    BALL at Creighton University Medical School — Omaha, Nebraska, as 3rd Annual Gold Humanism Honor Society Visiting Professor Lecture
    BALL at Einstein Medical School — New York City, New York
    BALL at Florida State University Medical School — Tallahassee, Florida
    BALL at Indiana University — IUPUI Hospital — Indianapolis, Indiana, as Grand Rounds Lecture, Simon Cancer Center
    BALL at Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU — Johnson City, Tennessee
    BALL at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School — New Brunswick, New Jersey
    BALL at Rosalind Franklin Medical School — North Chicago, Illinois
    BALL at Rutgers University — New Brunswick, New Jersey
    BALL at Sick Kids Hospital — Toronto, Ontario
    BALL at Texas A&M Medical College — Temple, Texas
    BALL at University of Alberta at Edmonton — Edmonton, Alberta
    BALL at University of California at Irvine Medical School — Irvine, California
    BALL at University of California at San Diego Medical School — San Diego
    BALL at University of Florida Medical School — Gainseville, Florida
    BALL at University of Illinois Chicago Medical School — Chicago, Illinois
    BALL at University of Medicine at Kansas City — Kansas City, Missouri
    BALL at University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, Minnesota
    BALL at University of South Carolina Medical School — Charleston, South Carolina
    BALL at University of Vermont Medical School — Burlington, Vermont
    BALL at Wake Forest University Medical School — Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    BALL is retired, for a time.

    2008
    Other Funny Stories About Cancer (published as Boy, Girl, Penis, Vagina, Penetration, The End) in Beyond Masculinity, an online anthology
    BALL at Cancer Care Canada (National Conference) — Edmonton, Alberta as Keynote Address
    BALL at Royal London Hospital (Performing Medicine Arts Injection) — London
    BALL at Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Symposium — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    2009
    An Appreciation premiere at ‘i’m with you‘ — London
    An Appreciation at Bar Wotever — London
    BALL published in Text and Performance Quarterly, with responses by John T. Warren, Cara Gabriel and Linda Park-Fuller
    BALL and An Appreciation at Bradford Playhouse — Bradford
    BALL at Performing Medicine Symposium — London
    BALL at Royal London Hospital (Performing Medicine Arts Injection) — London
    BALL at Southampton University Medical School — Southampton
    2010
    BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer premiere at OUTBURST — Belfast
    An Appreciation at Duckie, Royal Vauxhall Tavern — London
    An Appreciation at Add-Wood Festival, Purex Clube — Lisbon
    An Appreciation at Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
    An Appreciation at Forest Fringe, Edinburgh
    An Appreciation at The Book Club — London
    An Appreciation at Performance Studies International (PSi) — Toronto, Ontario
    An Appreciation at Work Gallery — Ann Arbor, Michigan
    An Appreciation at We Want Your Dog — Winchester
    BALL published in Understanding Disability Studies and Performance Studies, edited by Bruce Henderson and Noam Ostrander (Routledge)
    BALL at Barts and the London Hospital Medical School, London
    BALL at IPOS (International Psychosocial Oncology Symposium), Quebec City as Keynote Address
    BALL at Southampton University Medical School — Southampton
  • 2011
    An Appreciation at Sadler’s Wells for Performing Medicine Season — London
    An Appreciation at Sacred Festival of Live Art at Chelsea Theatre — London
    An Appreciation at The Basement for the Brighton Festival (50 shows) — Brighton
    BALL at Barts and the London Hospital Medical School, London
    BALL at Southampton University Medical School, Southampton
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Glamorgan University — Cardiff
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Decibel, Contact Theatre — Manchester
    BALL & Other Funny Stories 10 year anniversary, ArtsAdmin — London
    2012
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Leicester Comedy Festival — Leicester
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at DaDa Festival — Liverpool
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Flying Solo Festival at Contact — Manchester
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Edinburgh Science Festival — Edinburgh
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Sampled Festival at The Junction — Cambridge
    BALL at Barts & The London Medical School — London
    BALL at Southampton University Medical School — Southampton
    2013
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Victory Gardens – Chicago
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Southampton School of Medicine
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Barts & The London – London
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Find Your Sense of Tumour Conference (TCT)
    2014

    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Harvard Medical Medical School – Boston
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at New York Academy of Medicine – NYC
    BALL & Other Funny Stories at Cape Town Live Art Festival – Cape Town
    An Appreciation at Hamburger Queen – London
    An Appreciation at Abrons Arts Centre – NYC

    2015
    An Appreciation at Frascati – Amsterdam