After battling cancer, stage fright is nothing.

After battling cancer, stage fright is nothing.

Or so it may seem as six central Ohio residents take the stage to talk about their battles with cancer and hair loss in "Dude, Where's My Hair?!?" The show will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

The performance features monologues from six performers, ages 6 to 20, who have lost their hair to cancer.

The show will have more of a workshop feel, said Pat Wynn Brown, who created Hair Theater.

"We're keeping the show very much like a rehearsal," she said. "It's like a workshop and I try to keep all hair shows like that because I like to keep the audience involved. I've been teaching these kids to be ready for anything."

"Dude, Where's My Hair?!?" will be the first Hair Theater production to include more than just Brown, who created Hair Theater nine years ago. All one-woman shows performed by Brown involve hair because she considers it to be part of a person's identity.

"One (Hair Theater) episode is a cancer survivor show. I had melanoma in (1997)," Brown said. "The first thing I thought about when I was diagnosed was, 'Oh my God, I'll lose my hair.' My morality was the second thought. A lot of people think that. It's not about vanity, it's about identity. I've often wondered if it was the same with children."

For "Dude, Where's My Hair?!?" Brown found most of the children in the show through connections at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

To develop the monologues, Brown met with the children and wrote a script, but gave them the authority to make changes. Rehearsal schedules have been unconventional; Sunday's performance will be the first time everyone meets, but Brown said she's confident the show will go well.

"These kids have learned to be brave. They're not afraid to fail, which makes anyone a success," she said.

Brown said the show is poignant but, at times, funny.

"People have asked if this show is sad and I explain to them that you will come out of the show a different person," she said.

"These kids are funny. They talk about their journeys. They talk a little about hair, but they talk about how they have withstood what they have faced. When people hear what these kids have to say, their perspective on life will change. I consider every Hair Theater show to have humor and humor is a combination of humor and tragedy."

Tickets to the show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (614) 486-9116 or via e-mail at All proceeds benefit Brown's wig fund, which provides wigs for women and children who have lost their hair to cancer.

Additional shows are in the works to spotlight other children with cancer. Brown said the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is looking into sponsoring additional shows.

"This is a great opportunity for these kids to have their voices heard and to speak out not as sick children, but as the stars that they all are," she said. "I would like to give this opportunity to other children."

Brown is hoping the inaugural show of "Dude, Where's My Hair?!?" will have a big crowd.

"I know the economy is tough but come out to the show to honor these kids for their courage," she said.

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