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How far would you go to save your life? Solo show at Valley Center Stage looks at hard choice

Eva Moon - Courtesy photo
Eva Moon
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Seattle area singer/songwriter Eva Moon faced an impossible choice: Remove her healthy breasts and ovaries or face incredible odds of cancer.

Now, she has written a solo musical about it.

"The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes" is a funny, feisty, frank and fearless new show about turning a devastating prognosis into a new lease on life. It shares the humor as well as the struggle of dealing with a life-changing personal challenge. The show delivers a positive, uplifting message about taking charge of life and health - and does it with laughter and music instead of lectures.

After learning she had a mutated BRCA gene, which gave her an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer, and 55 percent for ovarian cancer, Eva decided to place her bets on entirely different odds, making the choice to undergo multiple prophylactic surgeries. In the process discovered her mutant superpower: She got to change her future.

Next, she's taking her show on the road, nationally and even to London, to inform, entertain and inspire anyone touched by cancer. Especially those who are similarly at risk and the people who love and care for them.

She will be doing two shows at Valley Center Stage in North Bend for one weekend only

Eva Moon has been performing her original music around the Pacific Northwest with her band, Eva Moon & the Lunatics, since 2002 and has released two CD's with that band. Far from your typical singer-songwriter fare, her songs are ironic, energetic commentaries on modern life. She recently closed a successful run of her musical "7 Deadly Sins... and Me" at Open Circle theater in Belltown. In late 2011 she learned she carried the BRCA1 genetic mutation and took time off to deal with the consequences. Now she's returned - and turned her creative energies to a solo show with piano to tell this very personal story. She also plays with Balkanarama, a popular local band playing the music of the Balkans, and Chai Tea Latte, a Redmond band playing Bollywood hits.

• "Mutant Diaries" plays at 8 p.m. January 18 and 19 at Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way. For tickets, visit http://valleycenterstage.org. Tickets are $12.50, seniors pay $10. Or, call (425) 831-5667.

 

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