Hip Pocket Theatre presents Thrive
In October 2014, Ellen Mahoney Crouse was diagnosed with Stage IIB breast cancer. After a double mastectomy and 16 months of chemo, Crouse decided to accept the challenge proposed by one of her friends to create a play about her experience.
Thrive, which Crouse conceptualizes as “a breast cancer travelogue,” is the fruit of that challenge. Throughout her experience, what became glaringly apparent to Ellen and her husband, Tom, is that many people do not understand that life continues even as a person navigates cancer treatment. Many things are sad, painful, and difficult, but life continues to offer opportunities for laughter and for cultivating an intense appreciation for the sweetness of simply being a human being on this earth.
Drawing on communiqués sent out by Tom to their friends throughout Ellen’s treatment, as well as the couple’s mutual backgrounds in the theatre, Thrive took root and flourished. The play finds its grounding in the strong ensemble work, movement, and physical humor that have been hallmarks of Hip Pocket Theatre productions since its inception.