(March 22-April 1, 2018)

(Some excerpts from reviews of the original Dallas production...)

  • "Stiff offers a funny, profane, wrenching confessional from someone who never expected to find herself on the 'short bus.' She takes the audience on a transformative journey that reminds us of our common humanity as her mind slowly shifts from seeing her companions on the bus as 'them' to 'us.'" - Dallas Morning News
  • "Stiff is hilarious, bold, informative, fanciful, and never, ever too heavy. Exquisitely written and performed by Ward it is an hour you won’t soon forget. The standing ovations it’s earning at the Bath House are a reminder to all of us that sometimes just standing up is a victory." - Dallas Voice 
  • "...undoubtedly one of the most amazing dramatic productions in the DFW region in 2017." - criticalrant 
  • "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. That’s not hyperbole." - TheaterJones 
  • "...nothing pierces through humanity's hard shell like Sherry Jo Ward's one-woman play Stiff, about her diagnosis and ongoing acceptance of a (literally) one-in-a-million disease called Stiff Person's Syndrome. It's a show — and a performance — that will be talked about for years to come." - CultureMap Dallas 

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Catch a special sneak peek of STIFF from the Dallas, TX production here...!



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The Regional Premiere of
The Risk Theater Initiative Production of

Written and Perfo
rmed by Sherry Jo Ward

Directed by Marianne Galloway
March 22-April 1, 2018
Black Box Theater • Kranzberg Arts Center • 
501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

"...a funny, profane, wrenching confessional from someone who never expected to find herself on the 'short bus.'" - Dallas Morning News

Award-winning Dallas actress Sherry Jo Ward chronicles her struggle with Stiff Person Syndrome, an incredibly rare disease which impairs her mobility and causes her unexplained pain.

Part stand-up comedy, part PowerPoint presentation, STIFF is a "must-see" theatrical event - a unique and engaging first person account of what it means to re-assess one’s own goals and ambition when confronted with a life-altering diagnosis.

The original Risk Theater Initiative production of STIFF was the unanimous standout at the Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT) in Dallas, winning recognition for Best Actress and Best New Play from the Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum. STIFF recently completed a run at Stage West in Fort Worth, TX.

Sherry performed the devastating role of Shirley Jones in Inevitable Theatre Company's first-ever production, Jordan by Anna Reynolds and Moira Buffini, at the Out of the Loop Festival in Addison, TX, in 2007. This acclaimed production was later revived at Baylor University as a benefit for the Family Abuse Center in Waco, TX.

The company that started with Sherry and a chair is proud to see her return to the Inevitable stage ... with another chair.