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In honor of Women's History Month, WHAM Festival co-presents the critically, internationally acclaimed comedic solo show written, performed and produced by three-time cancer survivor Valerie David. The Pink Hulk has been invited back to WHAM for a third year in a row, performing a surprise new ending each time!

Now battling breast cancer after fighting off lymphoma, Valerie does something most people facing cancer in their life probably wouldn't think of doing. With a fear that she might lose “the girls”, she takes them out for one last hurrah. And does Valerie succeed? Is there a "happy" ending? Come see the show to find out! This sexy, adventurous solo show follows Valerie's journey to seek her own "hulk-like" strength to find her superhero within to become a 3-time cancer survivor. An empowering and true story of inspiration for anyone facing ANY adversity in their own lives! With plenty of humor—guaranteed!

Valerie “hulked out” on cancer; after her first two bouts with cancer—Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999 and then breast cancer in 2014/2015. Then in September 2018, Valerie was re-diagnosed with breast cancer—this time Stage IV metastatic. As of April 2019, she has beaten cancer again and has continued to beat it!

Valerie reactivated her superhero within, and exactly five months after receiving oral medication–no surgery, no radiation, no chemotherapy, Valerie no longer has active disease. There is no trace of her cancer! Her solo play is a celebration of being comfortable in one’s own skin, of embracing and accepting one’s own body—no matter the shape or size. Her comical take is funny, emotional and inspiring. The Pink Hulk is a true testament to the power of our own inner superheroes within to fight back any adversity in life—to never give up and always have hope!

“My show is not just about fighting cancer; it has a universal message of hope and empowerment,” Valerie said. And after all, a cancer diagnosis means only one thing: Time to get laid! The Pink Hulk has been accepted into 28 play festivals in 3½ years’ time, performing worldwide including in England, Sweden and Finland, garnering rave reviews and winning several awards.

ASK JOSEPH  | Open: 02/23/17 Close: 03/26/17
Theatergoers of New York will be presented with a unique drama in which the distinct echo of Chekhov’s “Seagull” is in a peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of the Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Even though the play is based on selected episodes from Brodsky’s biography, this story is not about any particular person. It is rather about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environment and who ended up on the verge of dramatic cultural and emotional split. Love, mystery, adultery, scandals and spies are just a few of turns and twists of the plot. “Ask Joseph” is an attempt to get a sneak peek into the mystery of human talent...

STEPS Theatre was founded in 1997. Starting with its very first production – Chekhov’s “Seagull”, the company has been working with actors of different nationalities and theater schools, producing plays in English, Russian and Spanish. Company’s credits include plays by Luigi Pirandello, George Gordon Byron, Edward Albee, Alexander Vampilov, Julio Cortázar, Alexander Pushkin and others.  For the last twenty years STEPS Theatre has been participating in numerous festivals around USA, Canada, Europe, Russia, and continues to travel reaching out to diverse public abroad and to promote the structure and spirit of the "True New York Theatre".


About the Company: Steps Theatre

STEPS, a multicultural theatre company founded in 1997 in New York by Slava Stepnov, works with actors and stage artists coming from different countries and schools. The Theatre produces plays in English, Russian and Spanish languages.

DEBUTANTE. A New Play  | Open: 04/23/14 Close: 05/10/14
The hilarious and singular new play DEBUTANTE is back and getting its world premiere production! Following its sold-out performance at Ars Nova, there's no better place to bring one of ANT Fest's most talked about shows than to the beautiful Bernie Wohl Theater.

DEBUTANTE. follows the preparations and ultimate debut of a group of restless young heiresses living in decadence during a worldwide financial crisis. With late night bike rides, TAB soda overdoses and Jazzercise sessions inspired by the famed soap opera "Dynasty", these poor little rich girls must come of age as they come out to the world.

Inspired by real life debutantes Barbara Hutton and and Brenda Frazier, it is an unexpectedly loving portrait of a group of young women anxious to find their worth in a world defined by the almighty dollar.

Written by Ryann Weir
Created & Directed by Annie Tippe
Produced by Robb Nanus

Associated Produced by Jesse Rothschild
Set Design by Adam Rigg
Costume Design by Maria Hooper
Lighting Design by Joe Cantalupo
Sound Design by Jerome Ellis
Projection Design by Ivaylo Getov


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Debutante.  | Open: 04/23/14 Close: 05/10/14
DEBUTANTE. follows the preparations and ultimate debut of a group of restless young heiresses living in decadence during a worldwide financial crisis. With late night bike rides, TAB soda overdoses and Jazzercise sessions inspired by the famed soap opera "Dynasty", these poor little rich girls must come of age as they come out to the world.

Inspired by real life debutantes Barbara Hutton and and Brenda Frazier, it is an unexpectedly loving portrait of a group of young women anxious to find their worth in a world defined by the almighty dollar.