Heather Carver to perform autobiography and speak about experiences with breast cancer

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Heather Carver, author of "Booby Hatch," a comedic look at breast cancer, will perform her autobiography at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at the University of Northern Iowa. At 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, Carver will speak about her own experiences with breast cancer. Both the performance and presentation will be held in the Lang Hall Interpreters Theatre.

Heather Carver

Carver is the department chair, co-director of the Writing for Performance Program, co-founder of the Troubling Violence Project, creator and artistic director of the Life and Literature Performance Workshop and Series, and director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri.

Carver will present "Booby Hatch: A Hysterical Musicale," the third performance in her comedic, autobiographical trilogy of one-woman plays about her experiences as a breast cancer patient and survivor for over 10 years. The journey of her illness led Carver to more fully understand the power of humor in supporting health. Prior to that time, Carver actively researched women’s health and performance, particularly that of women in academia. 

Diagnosed at age 37, the mother of two young daughters, Carver began writing to help process grief and fear. Her long journey through treatment, surgery, relapse and recovery provided the raw material for her plays. Donning the clown’s persona, Carver’s musing are thoughtful, funny and ironic as she relates the situations and relationships cancer brought to her life.

The presentation and performance are free and open to the public. Tickets for the April 11 performance are free, but must be reserved through Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/booby-hatch-tickets-42295735684.

This event is part of the Hearst Lecture Series and sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies. For more information, contact Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6308 or gayle.pohl@uni.edu, or Melissa Beall, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2992 or melissa.beall@uni.edu.


Gayle Pohl, associate professor, communication studies, 319-273-6308, gayle.pohl@uni.edu

Melissa Beall, professor, communication studies, 319-273-2992, melissa.beall@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu