Dordt College News

Two performances, one special night

March 11, 2004

Laughter may not be the best medicine, but sometimes it’s the only medicine you’ve got.

And laughter is what you’ll get when two performers, Sara Weber and Robert Hubbard, join forces on stage Saturday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., at the B. J. Haan Auditorium, Sioux Center.

Weber’s one-woman show, “On the Roof” makes the audience part of the family as she recounts her mother’s courageous battle with cancer. From free tattoos to brain surgery patients to late-night games of cribbage, the play promises laugh out loud humor intertwined with a human and honest sense of loss.

Hubbard’s one-man show, “Dancing with Jimmy” is a tale of friendship and adventure, reenacting a disastrous rock climbing experience Hubbard had with his friend, Jimmy Crow.

This double-dip theater treat is sponsored by the Dordt College Theatre Department. There is no charge to attend and there will be no advance reserved seating. Each piece will be about an hour in length.

Hubbard debuted his one-person show, "Dancing with Jimmy," at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in New York City and has since performed it in a variety of venues. Commenting on the play, the chaplain at Northwestern College says, “Laughter is good medicine. With healing humor and vivid imagery, Bob Hubbard tells the marvelously exciting story of ‘Dancing with Jimmy’ which celebrates the triumph, not of the human spirit, but of God’s grace … As his story unfolded, I was transported out of my cozy chair to a mountain top where life and death hung in the balance. I couldn't take my eyes away."

Robert Hubbard is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Hubbard has worked extensively in both academic and professional settings as a director, an actor, a teaching artist, and a playwright/adaptor, and was director of theatre at Calvin College. Hubbard earned a doctorate in theatre from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree from Minot State University.

Writer and performer Sara Weber has performed her quirky one-woman show about cancer in the U.S. and throughout Canada. A spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society says “Sara’s approach to telling the story of her mother’s courageous battle with cancer engages the audience in the joy and laughter as well as the tears and pain of the journey … it was touching, it was personal, it was humorous and it really showed the human side of the cancer experience.”

Weber graduated from Redeemer University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and English. She has performed in many festivals and is currently filming an independent movie, writing skits and her first full length, multiple character play.

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