Tonight Valerie David will recount her story of trying to find her inner Hulk (the green Marvel Comics superhero), for her first time at IndyFringe, in The Pink Hulk: one woman's journey to find the superhero within.
Several days ago, she took some time to answer some questions for us.
1. Tell me a little about your background.
I’ve always had a love for theater. I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan and James Madison University. Before writing and performing The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within, I performed in several Off-Broadway productions and have performed in a couple of films including How I Became that Jewish Guy, which premiered at a November 2015 NYC Film Festival. While I’m very proud of these professional accomplishments, my greatest success in life is being a two-time cancer survivor. I was diagnosed and treated for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999, and then for breast cancer in 2014 and 2015. I’m thrilled to be cancer-free and thriving, and touring the country with The Pink Hulk.
2. What inspired this performance?
Anger! Having been diagnosed with cancer for a second time in my life, I was not scared. I was angry, and I resolved to fight back and beat it. I said, “I am going to kick cancer’s ass again!” And through the love and support of my friends, family and doctors, I DID! And my award-winning The Pink Hulk’s powerful, universal message of hope and empowerment, my solo show has been inspiring audiences to do the same: “Fight back from any adversity in life — you can do it!”
3. What has been the reaction at the venues where you’ve performed?
It has been so rewarding when people have approached me after a performance to say how much they related to The Pink Hulk and appreciated its humor too. Audience members tell me how much my show has motivated and moved them — not just from those who have had cancer. From an HIV positive gentleman to cancer patients, survivors and even an oncology nurse, I’ve had many people tell me how much my story has impacted their lives.
The Pink Hulk debuts tonight (Aug 24) at 6 p.m. at Indy Eleven Theatre