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EXTENDED My Stroke of Luck@The Marsh SF, Yale MD solo show

Written and performed by Diane Barnes, MD, Yale '77. Who are you when the 'you' you know is gone, and who do you have the courage to become? My Stroke of Luck is a spellbinding and funny look at love, family and seemingly insurmountable odds.

“My Stroke of Luck” is a riveting, tense and touching story of a single mother grappling with no longer being able to take care of herself, much less her two sons." - Sam Hurwitt in the Marin Independent Journal

“Very honest...very uplifting.” - London Free Press

“Riveting and moving account” - Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal

“Beautiful, captivating.” Nexus, Victoria

"✮✭✮✭✮ Masterful performance." Nan Fringe

“Amazing life story… a wonderful woman to spend 75 minutes with.” London Yodeller

"Intelligent, emotional and educational-what I call 'edutainment'" Adilah Barnes, co-founder, LA Women's Theater Festival

“Entertaining, enlightening piece that educates as well as touches the heart." Arts Beat LA

"Diane Barnes’ story is one of incredible luck, incredible misfortune, and how tenacious love can be in the face of adversity. It's the show you should be seeing right now.” Victoria Showbill CA

“Touching…A very human piece with a very human heart behind it.” The Geek Authority

"My Stroke of Luck is more than a story about a doctor who has a stroke and her path to recovery. It's a story about identity, being a single mom of a special needs child, being a doctor who becomes a patient, having brilliance reduced to a handicap, courage, loss, pain, and ultimate triumph. It's a masterful performance by a very talented woman who has truly found her voice." Nanaimo Fringe

Did you know the average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated? Barnes did; she's a doctor, a radiologist who diagnoses strokes, as well as being a single adoptive mother of special needs and gifted tween sons. But she did not deal with having a stroke very well; it was over 20 hours before she went to the hospital! My Stroke of Luck recounts her experience of having a stroke, the aftermath, my path to recovery and a new identity, and how her sons fared through it all. A spellbinding and funny look at love, family and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. (https://youtu.be/tQPSuk8fL28 a video preview) 75 minutes, dramatic and comedic. Selected performances will be followed by 20 minute talkbacks.

Show Dates: February 24, 2018-March 29, 2018

Tickets: https://themarsh.org/my_stroke_of_luck/diane-barnes/

Location: The Marsh San Francisco, 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco 94110 (between 21st & 22nd Streets) Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia) Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street

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