THEATER: HOW I SPENT MY CANCER VACATION

JULIA SWEENEY TURNS THE WORST YEAR OF HER LIFE INTO A STAGE TOUR DE FORCE

Cast members of Saturday Night Live don't often flourish after leaving the show, but Julia Sweeney--who left in 1994 after four seasons and one memorable character, the androgynous Pat--has had more than her share of tribulations. Her marriage to TV writer Stephen Hibbert ended in divorce. Her movie It's Pat opened in just three cities, got bad reviews and was banished to video. Her brother Mike was told he had lymphoma, and she had to take care of him. Then, just weeks before his death in April 1995, Sweeney found out she had cervical cancer.

And what does an ex-Saturday Night...

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