Presented by Open Eye Theatre

Open Eye Theatre

506 E. 24th Street Minneapolis, MN


Call (612) 874-6338
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60 minutes

Past performances

Thursday, March 16 7:30 pm
  • Pay what you can night
Friday, March 17 7:30 pm
  • Pay what you can night
Saturday, March 18 7:30 pm
  • Pay what you can night
Sunday, March 19 2:00 pm
  • ASL interpreted
  • Pay what you can night
Storytelling New work Minnesota premiere

Living with a chronic illness is hard, horrifying, and honestly, sometimes hilarious. In FIRE IN MY VEINS, storyteller Allison Broeren takes you on the romp of living life with a rare autoimmune disease. Almost 20 years after her initial diagnosis, she thinks she has it figured out…then a pandemic hits, and her chemo tries to kill her, so – back to the drawing board!

In 2004 Allison spent 10 months getting progressively sicker, until she was admitted into the ICU paralyzed, and in isolation. Much closer to death than life, she was finally diagnosed with a rare autoimmune vasculitis disease, Wegener’s Granulomatosis. This started a journey of chemo, steroids and the years-long healing process and a new life of navigating work, insurance, friendships, and dating with chronic illness.

Over the last 20 years a lot has changed in the acceptance of invisible illnesses in the mainstream conversation and Allison is delighted to share the good, the bad, the ugly, and the amazing job some chemos do of bikini waxing, while sharing her journey.

Allison Broeren Writer, performer