The Mama Juggs Show

About the Show

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MAMA JUGGS addresses issues of breast cancer and body image with a non-traditional approach through an inspiring dramatic performance. Since 2009, Mama Juggs has reached beyond the theater to create life-saving dialogue about cancer to bring communities together. These difficult subjects are humanized and face head on in a 30-90 minute interactive solo performance that tells the real stories of three women in the actress Anita Woodley’s family when they lived in the Oakland projects.

MAMA JUGGS is an “original opportunity for a privileged peek into a world that many don’t normally experience.” In May 2013, Mama Juggs debuted in the Raindowunus.org Black, Blue, Pink Cancer & Health Disparities State Tour that kicked off in Durham and Clayton, North Carolina’s rural and undeserved communities.

Through the bold humor of a breast cancer survivor and the quick wit of a 100-year-old great-grandmother, Mama Juggs invites the audience to experience one family’s breast health issues — from bra stuffing to breastfeeding to breast cancer — without veering towards pity.

Anita Woodley’s play also deals with the public health issue of breast cancer disparities that exist between races and classes, as well as body image taboos surrounding breasts. While Mama Juggs delves into women’s issues, it has been praised for its ability to “be more about life and all its wonderful and dif cult moments, making this a story that will appeal to just about anyone.”

This emotionally gritty performance features comedy, a cappella gospel, improvisations and audience interactions, while offering slices of both urban and southern Black culture. Mama Juggs celebrates the virtues of selflessness and inner strength in women living with breast cancer. For audience members, both male and female, it opens the space to better understand real women’s issues around the topic of breast health.

Mama Juggs Trailer

Contains Adult Subject Matter – Viewer Discretion is Advised

** Different Words for Breasts are Available, Upon Request **

 Student Participates – 2012 National Race & Ethnicity Conference

 

The Real Women Who Inspired the Show

The Mama Juggs show touches people so many deeply people because the character are all real and their stories are true. Below, meet the solo performer Anita Woodley’s great-grandma and mama, who inspired the show, in the photos and home videos.

Mama, Mable-Ree

Mama, Mable-Ree

Mable’s Breast Cancer Doctors Visit (1998)

Great-Grandma, Suga Babe

Great-Grandma, Suga Babe

Great-Grandma’s Family Prayer (1990)

Past Performances

— Cameroon, Africa — New York Off-Broadway — Chicago — Los Angeles — San Francisco — 

2013

  • February 2, 2013 – Healing with C.A.A.R.E Free Clinic – Durham, NC
  • February 8, 2013 – Indiana State University – Terra Haute, IN
  • February 21, 2013 – Christopher Newport University – Newport News, VA
  • February 22, 2013 – Workshop – (CNU) Breast Health & Body Image – Atlanta, GA
  • March 1, 2013 – West Chester University – West Chester, PA
  • March 11, 2013 – University of Lincoln-Nebraska – Lincoln, NE
  • March 20, 2013 – APCA Conference Showcase – Atlanta, GA
  • March 22, 2013 – Workshop – (APCA) Breast Health & Body Image – Atlanta, GA
  • March 25, 2013 – Loving Arms Cancer Outreach Benefit – Marietta, GA
  • April 11 - University of Michigan-Flint - Flint, MI
  • April 14 – In-Home Living Room Show – Durham, NC
  • May 4 - Duke Medicine’s Women’s Health Initiative Conference - Durham, NC
  • May 5 –  (2 Shows) In-Small Business Store – Style on Salem - Apex, NC
  • May 19 - The Clayton Center – Kingdom Harvest Church - Clayton, NC
  • May 25 – (MJ) (O) High Street Baptist Church Health Fair with Duke Heart Center Danville, VA
  • May 26 – (MJ) 100th Mama Juggs Show Celebration – Oasis at Carr Mill Cafe – Carrboro, NC
  • May 30 – (TMIM) 26th National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE) – New Orleans, LA
  • May 30 – (MJ) King & Queen Emporium, Int’l with Cellist Monica McIntyre – New Orleans, LA
  • June 1 – (MJ) 26th National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE) – New Orleans, LA
  • June 11 – (MJ) (O) Durham Senior Life Center with Duke Heart Center - Durham, NC
  • June 22/23 – (MJ) Fundraiser for Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center – Durham, NC
  • July 9 - (MJ) (O) Durham Senior Life Center with Duke Heart Center - Durham, NC
  • July 20 – (MJ) Nyenzo Natural Hair & Body Boutique (Beauty Shop Tour) – Raleigh, NC
  • July 31 - (MJ) 26th Annual National Black Theatre Festival – Winston Salem, NC
  • August 1, 2 – (MJ) 26th Annual National Black Theatre Festival – Winston Salem, NC

2012

  • January 29, 2012 – Nubian Natural Hair Salon – Durham, NC
  • February 24, 2012 -Health Touch NC Alternative Health – Durham, NC
  • March 10, 2012 – Health Touch NC Alternative Health – Durham, NC
  • March 16, 2012 – Health Touch NC Alternative Health – Durham, NC
  • April 6, 2012 – Health Touch NC Alternative Health – Durham, NC
  • May 8, 9,10,11,12,13 – Atlanta Fringe Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • May 18, 2012 -Health Touch NC Alternative Health – Durham, NC
  • June 1, 2012 – National Conference on Race & Ethnicity, Time Square, NYC
  • June 8, 2012 – Health Touch NC Alternative Health, – Durham, NC
  • August 19, 2012 – Lounge Theaters, Los Angeles, CA
  • August 24, 2012 – Humanist Hall, Oakland, CA
  • August 25, 2012 – Sweet Fingers Jamaican Restaurant, San Leandro, CA
  • October 3, 2012 – HACC Community College, York, PA
  • October 3, 2012 – HACC Community College, Gettysburg, PA
  • October 12, 2012 – Breast Health Event Hillsborough, NC
  • October 13, 2012 – In-Home Living Room Show – Durham, NC
  • October 15, 2012 – Breast & Bra Health Presentation Apex, NC
  • October 19, 2012 – PBS/UNC-TV Black Issues Forum – Durham, NC
  • October 28, 2012 – Durham County main Library – Durham, NC
  • November 2, 2012 – BoomerBeat Throwback Fundraiser Party – Durham, NC
  • November 3, 2012 – Hickory Public Library – Hickory, NC
  • November 12, 2012 – Quinnipiac University – Hamden, CT

2011

  • September 1, 4, 5, 9 & 10 Chicago Fringe Festival - Chicago, IL
  • August 13, 16, 19, 23, 24 - The New York International Fringe Festival - New York, NY 
  • June 4 – (2 Shows) Common Ground Theater - Durham, NC
  • May 26, 27, 28, 29 - M.A.L.I  Women’s Film & Performances, - Austin, TX
  • May 21 – In-Home,100 Living Rooms Project - Raleigh, NC
  • April 22-23 - Historic Paul Robeson Theatre, Off-Broadway | See Photos - Brooklyn, NY
  • March 27 – In-Home, 100 Living Rooms Project | See Photos  Pittsburg, CA
  • March 26 - In-Home, 100 Living Rooms Project  - Richmond, CA
  • March 26 - In-Home, 100 Living Rooms Project  - Oakland, CA
  • March 25 - In-Home, 100 Living Rooms Project  - San Pablo, CA
  • February 24 – 25 – Humboldt State University, See Photos - Arcata, CA

2010

  • December 29-30 – Black Dot Cafe | See Photos - Oakland, CA
  • December 21 – Twin Space – Block Report Fundraiser - San Francisco, CA
  • August 12, 13, 14 – Phantom Theatre Arts Festival  - Warren, VT
  • June 21-July 7 – University of Yaounde/Tikar N’Ditam Rainforest - Cameroon, Africa
  • June 5 – (2 Shows) Loclife Store  - Raleigh, NC
  • May 29 – Loclife Store – Raleigh, NC
  • May 14, 15, 16 – (4 Shows)  Fanatic Salon Theatre See Photos from LA -  Los Angeles, CA
  • March 19 & 20 – (3 Shows) Common Ground Theatre - Durham, NC
  • February 5 – Common Ground Theatre - Durham, NC

2009

  • October 7 – The Marsh Theatre – San Francisco, CA
  • July 12 – Burning Coal Theatre (Teen Anita Character) – Raleigh, NC
  • June 26 – The Legendary Black Dot Cafe – Oakland, CA
  • June 20 – Common Ground Theatre – Durham, NC

Anita In Africa

Witness Anita Woodley’s 2010 adventure when she took Mama Juggs to Cameroon, Africa’s University of Yaounde and traveled 10 hours into the bush/rain forest to meet her ancestral Tikar Tribe in the rural village of N’ditam.

Experience her life altering adventure!