Stages | Alabama Shakespeare Festival


By David Lee Nelson
Created with Adam Knight

Directed by Adam Knight

March 27 – 29, 2020
Octagon Stage | 70 minutes
General Admission
Recommended ages 17+

A comedy. About cancer.

In 2017, award-winning performer David Lee Nelson received news that would change his life. At 38 years old, he was diagnosed with Stage Four Colon Cancer. He kept a blog of his time in chemotherapy – a heartbreakingly funny chronicle of a disease that affects over nine million Americans. This material became the basis for his newest solo play. Stages is not simply a play about sickness: it’s a story of life’s setbacks and surprises, and about searching for hope in the most unlikely of places.

 “Stages gives the audience a glimpse of a man wrestling with his fate, coming to grips with a death sentence and yet, accepting it with humbling joviality.” – Charleston City Paper

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