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Comic Josie Leavitt Performs Story of Her Cancer Struggle

Rutland ~ Award-winning comic and storyteller Josie Leavitt will share a solo performance about her battle with cancer at Rutland Free Library on October 2 at 7:00 pm. Her performance, So This Happened: A Comic Confronts Cancer,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Leavitt was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2018. In her solo show, she takes the audience on her almost year-long cancer journey, pulling no punches in an intimate performance about her treatment.

Josie Leavitt is an award-winning stand up comic and storyteller. In addition to performing, she has been speaking to oncologists about how to better cancer treatment. Using humor in her approach, Leavitt hopes to change how cancer patients are treated by the medical field and the general public. Leavitt is the producer of the Flynn Theatre’s longest-running series, Stand Up, Sit Down and Laugh, and also founded the Vermont Comedy Divas as a showcase for female comics.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Rutland First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“So This Happened” is presented in partnership with Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of Rutland Free Library.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802.773.1860, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities

Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.