Patient Commando’s debut play hits close to home for Zal Press | National Post

When Zal Press was 29 years old, he went to the hospital with a pain in his gut that felt like he had “a cat trapped in [his] stomach trying to claw its way out.

“A doctor came up to me as I was lying in the hospital and he says to me, ‘Mr. Press, you have a serious illness. You have Crohn’s disease,’ ” Press recalls. “I couldn’t even spell Crohn’s, I had never heard of it. All I wanted was a pill so I could get on with my life.”

Thirty years later, Press has moved on with his life, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten about Crohn’s. About two years ago, he set off on a journey to try and get involved in changing the Canadian health-care system and the way patients perceive chronic illness.

“I became attracted to patient advocacy and patient empowerment and this whole new movement of this educated, informed, Internet-aware patient who’s engaged in their own health care,” he says.

Last year, after giving up a successful art business, Press started Patient Commando, a theatre production company that uses storytelling and humour to empower patients. The company’s debut production is a performance of Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, [...] continue the story

Patient Commando Presents – Cancer Can’t Dance Like This

On Thursday, May 12th, CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio will play host to Patient Commando’s presentation of Cancer Can’t Dance Like This.

With comedy at its core, this one-man show vividly portrays Daniel’s experience with cancer. Told mercilessly with a thrill and lust for the finer things in life, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This recalls the pain Dan endured during his treatment while embracing his own saving grace – the fine art of comedy.

This production will benefit Lilah’s Fund, which raises funds for cancer research that mostly affects children under 5 years old. The fund is led by the bubbly, 6 year-old Lilah Petersiel, whose own battle with cancer inspires all affected children with the hope of a healthy outcome.

Seating is limited. Purchase your tickets here