BLADDER INTERRUPTED. A Self-Story About Cancer

Mechele Leon/ Oak Marrow Productions

Show Information:

If there’s a breast cancer sisterhood, what’s a girl to do when she finds herself instead in a bladder cancer golf club? Mechele Leon wrote and stars in this personal story about getting cancer and losing a bladder, about chemotherapy and the fight to survive. Performed with props and puppets, music and audience participation, this solo show is an irreverent, self-mocking, and hilarious take on bladders, cancer, and living life without the “tank.”

It was 2016 when Mechele Leon, a professor of theatre at the University of Kansas, was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  How does a person tell the story of a trauma?  Director, actor, and comedian Mechele does it by exploring different ways of telling a cancer story: from fairy tale to podcast, from cooking demonstrations to puppet theatre.  It's SNL meets the cancer confessional — don't miss it! Directed by Theresa Buchheister.


Phosphor Studio

1730 Broadway

Kansas City, MO 64108

Show Times

July 22 - Saturday - 6:00pm

July 24 - Monday - 7:30pm

July 26 - Wednesday - 9:00pm

July 28 - Friday - 7:30pm





60 Minutes


Parental Guidance


Adult Language


  1. Robin on July 23, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Mechele Leon has crafted a phenomenal piece about an often overlooked organ. Combining many types of storytelling, Leon masterfully describes her experience with bladder cancer and the life after. I vow to appreciate my bladder even more!

  2. Don Dagenais on July 25, 2017 at 4:51 am

    This is a very good one-woman show in which Michele Leon tells about her own difficult experience with cancer. She keeps it light with a variety of props and videos and sound effects, and a cute puppet routine to end the show. Very informative and moving; she is a courageous and inspiring lady.

  3. Danielle on July 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Mechele Leon is very talented and clearly put a lot of thought, time and work into telling her story so that the audience could laugh and learn at the same time.

  4. Jan on July 25, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    An honest, intelligent, thoughtful, funny, provoking show by Mechele Leon, a survivor and an entertaining storyteller. She blends fact with feeling, and challenges the viewer to really listen to her journey through one of the most frightening of life’s possibilities.

  5. Alicia on July 26, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Michele’s willingness to share her personal rollercoaster ride with such creativity and raw honesty is touching, enlightening and inspiring. Through her storytelling, she has given a face to the many emotions experienced when one is given a cancer diagnosis and she is laying the groundwork for acceptance and normalcy for ostomates across the globe. Well done!!

  6. Dana Campbell on July 26, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Mechele Leon’s Bladder Interrupted is a funny, honest story about her bladder cancer experience. She made me laugh, cry and learn. Nothing means more than hearing from someone who has “been there, done that,” and I hope anyone who has been touched by bladder cancer — or any type of cancer — will come see this wonderful show.

  7. Susan J. Allen on July 26, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Mechele Leon’s show is educational and humorous. Through props, graphics, costume changes, stage movement, sound system and more, she keeps you interested while telling her brave story . It makes one appreciate their good health and challenges us all to be more aware of our bodies!

  8. Brandi Fisher on July 27, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Mechele’s show made me laugh out loud one minute and cry the next. Honest, funny, smart. Music, puppets, multiple characters and a bit of medical learning to boot. This is a show you don’t want to miss.

  9. Judy G on July 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Brave, bold and very entertaining!

  10. Reshida on July 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I REALLY enjoyed this show. It was very educational and creative. The way she shared the reality of the physical/emotional/spiritual considerations of her diagnosis was presented well. Even my Goddaugthers(ages 8 and 11) walked away with new insight on bladder cancer. Thank you for sharing your story! I’d highly recommend this performance to anyone.

  11. Carol Ducak on August 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    This was an excellent show. I heartily agree with her taking issue with war terms. To take a personal experience with a devastating disease and turn it into a dramatic, comical, emotional, and educational presentation takes courage and skill. Brava!

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