Front Porch Series July 11, 2020
July 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center at Winona State University – Mainstage Theater
Sherry Jo Ward is an actor, writer, instructor, and professional theatre administrator. She was diagnosed in 2015 with a rare neuromuscular disease called Stiff Person Syndrome. Instead of giving up on her career in theatre, she chose to share her story by writing a one-person show chronicling her experience with Stiff Person Syndrome.
STIFF is a solo, autobiographical show that chronicles Ward’s struggle with this disease and, in her own words, is the funniest 60 minutes on six little wheels.
STIFF was nominated for several Broadway World (TX) Awards and Ward was also nominated for special citations from Baylor Health (TX) and the National Organization of Rare Diseases (CT).
As reviewed by TheaterJones, North Texas Performing Arts news: “You can call STIFF brave or courageous, and that would be true. But this show is, at its heart, the result of a talented actress and storyteller delivering one of the most honest, funny, compelling, and unforgettable pieces of theater you might see in your lifetime.”
As an actress, Ward has played many dream roles, including Barbara in August, Osage County (WaterTower Theatre, TX), Brodie in Precious Little (Echo Theatre, TX), Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart (Walking Shadow Theatre, MN), and Dee in International Falls, written especially for her to perform with playwright husband Thomas Ward. She premiered Scripted and Ham and Moon on Rye at Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY. She has also performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, in a musical production of A Christmas Carol with Gaylord Productions.
Ward has a BA Degree in Theatre from Abilene Christian University and MFA from University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
There will be a talkback facilitated immediately following the performance.