Anita Hollander was just 21 when she faced her first bout of cancer—a malignant tumor in her left leg. That was 1977 and Hollander, who was a theater major at Carnegie Mellon University, returned to school just a few weeks after surgery. Her cancer came back five years later and that time her leg could not be saved. In a recent interview with JewishBoston, Hollander said: “What I know better than anything else is theater. After the amputation, I was always going to go back to work. Going back on stage helped me to heal.”
written and performed by Anita Hollander
Anita Hollander lost her leg in 1977 to cancer. Still Standing details her story from diagnosis to the very moment of performance. Her leg will not grow back, but her mind and spirit and soul have grown to more than compensate. With songs, wit, understatement, great dollops of humor, but not a smidgen of self-pity, Hollander reaches out to every member of the audience.
ASL Interpreted Performances: 2/22, 2/23, 2/24
RUN TIME: 60 Minutes
Heartland | Still Standing
Anita Hollander has performed throughout Europe, Asia & America, at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, London’s West End, NY Shakespeare Festival, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and the White House. A Helen Hayes Award nominee & Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award Winner, she starred Off-Broadway in Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle (Off-Broadway Theatre Alliance Award nominee), Charles Mee’s Picasso’s Masterpiece (Gertrude Stein) and her original musical Still Standing (Audience Award, United Solo Festival – CD on iTunes). Stage roles include Ragtime (Emma), Fiddler (Golde), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Blanche) and CATS (Grizabella). TV & Film appearances include Law & Order, OZ, The Sopranos, Gotham, All My Children, BBC’s From The Edge, Handsome Harryand Musical Chairs. She’s also danced with Infinity Dance Theatre & Heidi Latsky Dance. An alumna of the BMI and ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshops, Anita has written music & lyrics for theatre companies in London, Boston & NY, including Boston’s own Urban Improv. A cancer survivor of 42 years, Anita serves as National Chair of SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities, working with Actors’ Equity and Broadway & Hollywood producers to gain more media inclusion of performers with disabilities.(www.anitahollander.com)