Jen Bosworth at Theatre Wit

Partner Non-Profits:

July 18-ArtReach at Lillstreet Art Center

July 19-Gilda’s Club Chicago 

July 20-Growing Home, Inc.

July 24-The Compassionate Friends 

July 25-Kellogg Cancer Center 

July 26-Alzheimer’s Association

July 27-Mujeres Latinas En Accion 

July 31-SlutWalk Chicago 

August 1-Life Matters Media 

August 2-Kellogg Cancer Center 

August 3-Little Brothers Friends Of The Elderly

August 7-YWCA

August 8-Erasing the Distance

August 9-The Aparecio Foundation

August 10-Charity4LIFE 

August 14-YWCA

August 15- Two Pence Theatre Company

August 16-YWCA

August 17-Kellogg Cancer Center 

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From the surreal Hollywood life working for Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage to struggling actress to dealing with family illness, death and love, this stage production is an uplifting story of one woman’s courageous romp through life’s heartaches, headaches and hysterics.  “Why Not Me. Love, Cancer and Jack White,” is an original one- woman show performed by Chicago writer/actress Jen Bosworth and directed by Chicago writer and performer, Alyson Lyon.

 The show chronicles Bosworth’s move to L.A. in 2000 to seek stardom after successful stints on ER, Early Edition and a starring role in one of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater productions.  However, agent after agent told her she was too fat to be cast in any meaningful roles and she ended up as a Hollywood office manager, where she lived in a dump at night and, ironically, picked pricey furniture for million-dollar mansions by day. So kinda glamorous but kinda not.

Mid-way through the decade Bosworth gives up on Hollywood and heads home to help care for her ill father. Within two years her husband and her mother would diagnosed with cancer…and Jack White begins invading her nightly dreams to help her escape from her new reality.   Bosworth says, “I know, it’s a lot.  But life is a lot.  A lot of bad but really, so much good as well.  It’s the struggle to balance both that connects all of us and connects the audience to the show.”

 When her mother was first diagnosed with cancer Bosworth used to ask, “Why us?” But soon, as she and her family wound their way down the road of illness and grief she began to ask another question, “Why not us?”   I realized that I am not so special. Life throws hardships at all of us. “Why Not Me” is a statement.  A statement about living our dreams. About turning seemingly insurmountable trials into gold. Perhaps banged up and battered gold, but gold nonetheless.


Praise for Jen and “Why Not Me.”