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Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology coming to Los Angeles! 6/10 - 6/26/16

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  1. Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology coming to Los Angeles! 6/10 - 6/26/16

    Hollywood Fringe: Squeeze My Cans
    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?tab=details

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    Do you enjoy live performance? Do you think Scientology is insane? Did you ever wonder if Bozo was a suppressive person, or what it’s like to audition to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend? Do you want to hear a real person with a great sense of humor tell you all about how she fell down that nutty rabbit hole and emerged again in one piece? Cathy Schenkelberg went through it all and survived to tell (and sing) the tale in this tour de force solo performance.

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  2. JohnnyRUClear Member

    LOL logo

    Is that a shoop or did people actually create that just for this show?
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  3. New poster for Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology.

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  4. JohnnyRUClear Member

    In the spirit of KSW, I have identified an important "button" in the above image and am prepared to do something about it.
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  5. Opens tomorrow!
  6. JohnnyRUClear Member

    How close is Sacred Fools Theatre to anything owned by the cult?

    Just wondering.
  7. AnonLover Member

    It's on Santa Monica Blvd, approximately 6 city blocks directly south of cult buildings on Hollywood Blvd. And maybe 12-15 blocks south-west of LRH Way orgs and bases. So a short bus ride either way.
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  9. JohnnyRUClear Member

    lol short bus

    maybe Davey will attend
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  10. Bitter Lemons and Blog Critics are both hosting the same interview of Cathy by Kurt Gardner.

    Voices from the Fringe: Cathy Schenkelberg, Star of 'Squeeze My Cans'

    http://socal.bitter-lemons.com/learn/article/3347

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    Hollywood Fringe Preview: An Interview with Cathy Schenkelberg, Writer/Star of ‘Squeeze My Cans’

    http://blogcritics.org/hollywood-fr...y-schenkelberg-writerstar-of-squeeze-my-cans/

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    How did you become involved with the COS? And how did you get away?

    I was pretty fresh out of college and working as an actress-hyphenate-waitress in Chicago. I was spiritually searching, and I wanted to help or contribute in some way to the world. Isn’t that what most people genuinely want?

    How did I get away? Well, that’s the journey! It wasn’t overnight and it wasn’t easy. That’s the basis of Squeeze My Cans — it was developed in pieces through spoken word and storytelling performances over the years around L.A. and Chicago.

    Aside from the obvious, is there another meaning behind the title of the show?

    Besides the reference to the E-meter cans (which, if you know anything about Scientology, is the electronic device that’s like a lie detector, used to counsel or audit a person), the other reference would, in effect, be “Kiss my ass!” After being so fearful to speak out, it took the courage of others, including the media, to open up about the cult in order for me to add my voice. There’s power in numbers.

    I also felt it was the right time. I had raised my daughter as a single mom and wanted so desperately to sing and perform again. It was she who pushed me to audition, write and put myself back out there. She knew how much I missed it while I was trying to keep up with what the COS demanded of me in terms of time and money. As I always say, I was “broke but not broken,” but to tell you the truth, I am a bit broken. Thankfully, the pieces seem a bit easier to put together since I left Scientology.

    What words of advice would you give to somebody who may be in a similar situation you found yourself in?

    Do research, seek out support groups and be careful of falling into another cult…I’ve seen that happen too. Most importantly, if a group tells you to think for yourself, and you realize that’s not what you’re doing at all — run! Hike, do yoga, eat pizza…just get the hell out!

    The great thing about the times we live in now is that the Internet gives you easy access to information, even though you still have to research and decide for yourself what you read and see on television. Hasn’t the political climate been a perfect example of this?

    I didn’t have access to such information back then. I think the only thing I found was a 1991 Time Magazine exposé, and Scientology had already created a publication to counterattack all that was written about them. We were given, as new members in the “church” (it’s difficult for me to refer to it that way without quotation marks), a magazine refuting everything in the Time story. It’s still creepy now when I think about it.
    There’s even a magazine called Freedom that the “church” gives to its members. My accountant at the time (before he and others “disconnected” from me) said it was his only source for the truth about what’s going on in the world. Scientology spins it any way it can! Oh, I could easily go down the rabbit hole trying to explain things, but I’ll try to keep on point.

    My show really takes you on a wild ride. My tremendous director, Shirley Anderson, has pushed it beyond what I ever imagined it could be. She understood my words and my experience, and she knew I wanted to go to that raw and vulnerable place to tell my story. I’m one of thousands of people who have gotten out. Not a celebrity or executive or staff in the “church,” just a girl from Nebraska who was searching for something. I was trying to become a better human being while raising a daughter and juggling a career in voiceover.

    By reading your bio, I see that you’re pretty frank about your history. What will audiences learn about you from seeing the show?
    I hope they will see that my intentions were good and came from a place of wanting to help and belong. I was so young, and although I hope to reach people of all ages, I especially want the show to make an impression on the 20-somethings who are just starting their quest to find themselves in a world that can really confuse and manipulate.

    Look, my story could even resonate with someone feeling trapped in a bad marriage or an abusive relationship — anyone wanting to get out but fearful of losing friends or being shunned. Cults are out there, and they don’t just come in the form of religion. Offshoots of Scientology are out there, too. I don’t want to name them in this article, but trust me — there are folks being indoctrinated right now and don’t even know it.

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    What do you hope viewers will take away from this experience?

    I hope that instead of hearing people say “How could you be so stupid?” or “Jeez, why did you give so much money away?”, they will think, “Wow, I understand now.” And if they don’t have that takeaway, I hope they will have been entertained, and tell others to come see the show. I’ll never get the money back that I lost to Scientology, but that was never my intention. I want to get back a piece of my soul that was lost. This is my therapy — this and lots of laughter!

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  11. She tells a compelling, heartbreaking story. The venue is intimate, so she connects directly with you since there are so few seats. One of the major themes is a running total of dollars spent, along with her reliving much of the training & many of the drills she paid for. In so doing, she captures much of the inanity, repetition, and inflexibility of organized Scientology.

    One of the major laugh lines was her asking, deadpan and in the manner of a dyed-in-the-wool Scientologist, "Did you like Battlefield Earth?" followed by a brainwashed response.
  12. A review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=17192&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY SAMANTHA SHABER

    JUNE 11, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    Cathy Schenkelberg gives a powerful, constantly surprising performance in this emotional and very funny one-woman show. As she portrays her experience trapped in the Church of Scientology, she becomes a wide range of characters, from her auditors, to her own father, to her Scientology peers, to a young, naive version of herself. Her intensity mounts as we watch her rising monetary debt, projected on the back wall, and feel her pain and confusion as she learns about Martians in volcanoes and crawling on her skin. I would totally recommend this show to anyone – the performance is as stunning as the story is devastating.

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  13. Another review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=17097&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY ANONYMOUS CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    I loved Cathy. I found her to be animated and engaging, funny and poignant. I got lost in the story, and found it fascinating and enlightening. I was moved to tears – and also, thought it was laugh out loud funny at times. I thought the visuals and sound effects helped elevated the show, adding drama and richness to the story. Oh – and the chairs were really comfortable.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    Got nothing but positive stuff to share!

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    A rare and highly entertaining peek into a bizarre world through the eyes of a beautiful, likable, funny kind soul. I would recommend it to friends and encourage anyone who’s curious about Scientology to go!


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  14. Actor Michael Fairman reviews Squeeze My Cans Show about Scientology.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=17392&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY MICHAEL FAIRMAN

    JUNE 12, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    tagged as: thought provoing; · incisive


    WHAT I LIKED

    I thought Cathy Schenkelberg gave a tour de force performance. He acting, dancing and singing took us on her fascinating journey from a wide eyed, basically innocent young actress to being seduced, manipulated and ultimately betrayed by the Church of Scientology, With just the use of lights, a chair and box on a bare stage, she creates specific scenes of her movement through the levels of L. Ron Hubbard’s manufactured “road to spiritual freedom”. We learn of her gradual and then accelerated disillusionment and disappointment with the Church and its staff, the loss of “friends” and family, and the obscene amount of money she spent. It is a journey that is funny, sad even tragic, and finally hopeful.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    Perhaps there were two or three sequences, when she could have slowed her temp. But that is nit-picking.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    This was an incisive look into the world of Scientology from one person’s perspective. Having also made that similar journey, her presentation rang with devastating truth. Yet she made it clear enough for non-Scientologists to understand, Her experience from many aspects serves as a warning to anyone who is tempted to become involved.

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  15. Gia On The Move reviews Squeeze My Cans Show about Scientology.

    Gia On the Move - Gia #HFF16 Reviews: Squeeze My Cans

    https://giaonthemove.com/2016/06/12/gia-hff16-reviews-squeeze-my-cans/

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    As a show Squeeze My Cans is tight, smart and hilariously funny, keeping the WTF moments entirely in the realm of comedy, even though they are not – and far from it.

    Suddenly realizing you are middle-aged, broke and being rejected by your own belief system is no laughing matter. And when Schenkelberg’s daughter confesses one day that she’s being encouraged by her teachers to ‘disconnect’ with her when she turns 18, it’s the wake up call Schenkelberg finally needs to leave for good and never look back.

    Writer/performer Cathy Schenkelberg is a captivating, naturalistic performer and absolutely delightful. She is supported by the direction of Shirley Anderson and sound design by Victoria (Toy) Deiorio, lighting design by Brandon Baruch and graphic design by Brett Newton.

    Highly Recommended.

    For tickets and more information visit: http://hff16.org/3443

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  16. Another review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=17748&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY MYRNA ORENBACH DWYER

    JUNE 14, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    Cathy Schenkelberg’s one-woman show was honest, touching, hilarious, sardonic – and totally resonated with me!

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    Nothing – it was great.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    Hilarious, beautifully-written, touching, honest, witty, sardonic, thought-provoking.

    A very professional and well-done piece of acting. We had a great time.

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  17. Another review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=17837&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY ERNEST KEARNEY

    JUNE 15, 2016 THE TVOLUTION

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    Wow.

    That’s about the most apropos comment across the board on Squeeze My Cans, Cathy Schenkelberg’s riveting, heart wrenching and ultimately redeeming tale of her decade plus involvement with Scientology.

    Wow to the account of her descent into the Kafkaesque universe of L. Ron Hubbard’s “religion” that first seeks to entice and then consume all that come within its grasp.

    Wow to the price both financially and emotionally the cult cost her.

    Wow to her eventual struggle to free herself and her daughter from the prison of its poison “philosophy”.

    Wow to Shirley Anderson’s masterful direction that weaves the maelstrom of Schenkelberg’s narrative placing it before the audience with both stunning craft and crystal clarity.

    And an especially gargantuan Wow to Schenkelberg’s stellar performance, possibly the best in the Fringe I’ve seen, as she recounts her story in harrowing detail, leading us down the rabbit hole of engrams, auditing and clearing into a madness closer to Dante than Lewis Carroll.

    The “Cans” in the play’s title refers to the hand grips of the electropsychometer, known as the “E-meter, a bio-feedback device used by Scientologist know as auditors. This position was what Schenkelberg was training for, thus giving her solo show a very different and very different feeling than any other expose on the “church”.

    The 2015 documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” which dissected with great precision the contemptible practices of the “church” was shocking to view. But Squeeze My Cans is an immensely personal account focusing on the insidious means used in Schenkelberg’s own indoctrination, permitting us to witness how her own best intentions were woven into the web ensnaring her.

    Scientology’s goal is the stripping away from an individual everything in their life not connected to the church, until there is nothing left for them but to serve as an appendage to the organization.

    By understanding how Schenkelberg, the bright, attractive young actress just starting her career, was drawn into the Scientology labyrinth, we are able to recognize our own vulnerability and face the unpleasant truth that we ourselves could have been enticed to the same edge and made to suffer the same fall.

    One may already be of the opinion that Scientology is a dangerous cult, but in Schenkelberg’s recounting how the “church” methodically isolated her from family, betrayed her into surrendering to them virtual control of every aspect of her life, and exploited her insecurities to compel her to spend nearly a million dollars on Scientology courses, often with the “church” arranging bank loans for her to pay for them we are exposed in the most visceral fashion to the unbelievable maliciousness of this organization.

    If H.P. Lovecraft had been a business writer instead of the author of fantasy horror, the Church of Scientology would have been his version of Chuallan Inc.

    Squeeze My Cans is a show that needs to be seen both as a warning to the type of wanton evil that is allowed to exist in this society, and as a tribute to the human spirit’s ability to survive and overcome those monsters that we must all one day face in life.

    A well deserved:GOLD.

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  18. Another review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=17868&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY BETSY ZAJKO

    JUNE 15, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    This show is personable, funny, immersive, and powerful. Cathy is a force and a delight taking us on a ride of her 20 year entanglement with Scientology including a bizarre audition to be Tom Cruises wife. As a young and very successful voice actress in pre internet days attempting to do good in the world, she enrolls in a small series self improvement classes which eventually have her rising in the secret ranks of what she doesn’t realize is a cult until she arrives at the world headquarters to a classified lesson about alien cosmology. Her daughter’s innocent remarks that the leaders have been teaching children about leaving their parents finally provides the shock and horror for her to get out. With complete wit and grace, we watch her coming to terms with the fact that nearly $900,000 and decades of her life have been sacrificed to false beliefs. Amazing.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    I would have liked a q&a…the conversations this opened up were extremely fruitful.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    I’d see it again.

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  19. Another review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18215&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY JAMES SCHNEIDER

    JUNE 18, 2016

    tagged as: excellent · sassy · expert · harrowing · funny

    WHAT I LIKED

    Funny, fearless, and sometimes freaky. Cathy Schenks comes out of the ring with gloves off, the heart wide open and her head in a good place. Amazingly, she is able to recount with amusing and disturbing detail her very specific journey with the followers of ‘LRH’ and Scientology. Yikes! As her dollars fly out of the window, the placemark for happiness keeps getting moved further down the field by those who know ‘best.’ In the hands of Shenks and director Shirley Anderson, this harrowing story could itself have gone done the wrong path. But, happily, the story is told with large doses of humor, and a complete lack of self-pity. Though I’ve known Cathy a bit over the years, I’d never seen her perform on stage. Her sass and physical ease suggest someone you might see in a first-rate sit com (like some missing star of ‘Friends’). But her ability to relay the personal devastation amid her emotional rollercoaster is as powerful as anything you might see. Really excellent work.

    The house at 11pm was full. I was concerned because for me — when a show starts after 10pm, there’s a high probability that I will not stay awake. There are witnesses. Happy to report that I had no trouble staying alert and engaged the entire show.

    A fabulous trip back to Earth.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    11pm time slot can be a toughie…

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    Really excellent work. A fabulous trip back to Earth. Wonderful performance packed with humor and heart. Powerful story that shouldn’t be missed.

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  20. Columnist Skip Press reviews Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18189&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY SKIP PRESS

    JUNE 18, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    Cathy managed to explain the whole $cientology maze in a funny, sad, touching, ridiculous, brilliant way so that even if you knew nothing about the evil cult that calls itself a religion, you’d get how absurd, mindless, and irritating it is from start to finish. I only wish the show had been longer, with an intermission. Her energy level was great but she must have been exhausted. Kudos!

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    I liked all of it.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    This is the best stage expose of a normal (but very talented) person being taken in and lied to by $cientology that I’ve ever seen.

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  21. Another review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18286&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY ABBY SCHACHNER

    JUNE 18, 2016

    tagged as: I wish all Scientologists would see this · important · timely · great direction · talented · powerful

    WHAT I LIKED

    Cathy takes us into the world of Scientology and gives us a glimpse behind the outfits and the real estate. Her voices are spot on ( she is a voice-over artist after all ), her timing is superb, and it’s really a chock-full of information show about cathy’s life and that big blue building on Sunset Boulevard, not to mention, the people ( and methods) within. not only that, but I love how they put the numbers of the on the wall of her expenditures, and honestly, her dialogue work ( representing different characters ) was great.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    The only thing I didn’t like was the heat in the theater. Other than that, Cathy came out and pretty much owned the stage.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    Cathy is a top-notch performer and really likable person who got swept up in Scientology. i’m glad she’s out, and I’m glad she’s telling her story. With the help of great direction by Shirley Anderson, Cathy’s show is tight, RICH, and I have a feeling this could be a two or three parter!

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  22. Another review.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18367&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY BRENDA VARDA

    JUNE 19, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    Great work on an amazingly complex and disturbing subject, with superb performance and excellent direction! Can’t wait to see where this goes!

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  23. "An absolutely fascinating telling of a modern nightmare."

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18475&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY BILL RATNER

    JUNE 19, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    Cathy is a brilliant multifaceted performer, and she tells a fascinating, harrowing story – – a cross between a fairytale and a brutal nightmare. To watch her live through this is truly worthy theatrical spectacle.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    An absolutely fascinating telling of a modern nightmare. Sounds like sci-fi, but this is real.

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  24. "An excellent one woman show!"

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18482&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY JANET AKPOBOME

    JUNE 19, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    I completely enjoyed the high energy storytelling, the dynamic acting and the beauty of the singing!

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    An excellent one woman show!

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  25. Edge Media Networks Review of Squeeze My Cans.

    Squeeze My Cans
    by Kevin Taft
    Contributor
    Monday Jun 20, 2016

    http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?199472

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    A successful voice-over actress, she has performed in musical theatre, TV, and spoken-word. It's unfortunate that we lost many years of her talent when Scientology took her away from her passion and told her she could act in her "next life." We should be thankful she got away, but even more so that she can now offer a personal glimpse (and warning) into the hell she endured. But it's how she has fought her way out risen like a Phoenix since that is the most inspiring. And if Scientology has a problem with that, they might want to rethink their philosophies.

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  26. "It’s a powerful tour-de-force!"

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18572&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY RICK HALL

    JUNE 20, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    WHAT I LIKED

    Cathy manages to tell a pretty dark and terrifying story about her spiral down the wormhole that is Scientology without getting maudlin or wallowing in it. We, the audience, even laughed out loud plenty. having said that, she doesn’t shy away from telling us some of the very personal, painful steps down the path and then back.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    There were times that I thought the show was paced too fast, I was hanging on to keep up and then I realized, duh, oh course we should feel like we are on a roller coaster. The story she is telling was a speeding train and she couldn’t get off.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    It’s a powerful tour-de-force!

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  27. "I hope to come back this coming weekend."

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=18581&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY SCOTT SANDOE

    JUNE 20, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    tagged as: edgy · Raw · awesome · revealing · breathtaking

    WHAT I LIKED

    What an amazing journey to be taken on in a quick hour and twenty minutes! While most of us know at least a little bit about Scientology, very few know of the specifics – so to hear about it from someone who was so deeply into the program but managed to get out is amazing. Cathy Schenkelberg doesn’t come up for air and takes no prisoners in this wonderful solo piece, and I held my breath right along with her!

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    I think there is enough material here to warrant a full-length theatrical piece (at least), although I suspect the toll it would take on the performer might not be worth the risk.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    I hope to come back this coming weekend – there’s so much rich material here I want to be sure I got everything.

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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Chicago:

    Squeeze My Cans Set for Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration

    The Greenhouse Theater's "Solo Celebration!" continues with "Squeeze My Cans," a limited engagement autobiographical solo-play written and performed by Cathy Schenkelberg and directed by Shirley Anderson. Making its Chicago premiere, Schenkelberg shares a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of Scientology in this strangely hilarious and unbelievable story of resilience, loss, and extraterrestrials. "Squeeze My Cans" runs July 14 - July 24 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Avenue); the press performance is July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

    The performance schedule for "Squeeze My Cans" is as follows: Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. For tickets and additional information, click here.

    More here:
    http://www.broadwayworld.com/chicag...Greenhouse-Theaters-Solo-Celebration-20160621
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  29. Derek Bloch reviews Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=19155&tab=reviews

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    REVIEW BY DEREK BLOCH

    JUNE 25, 2016 CERTIFIED REVIEWER

    tagged as: Scientology · tom cruise

    WHAT I LIKED

    Cathy, First of all I just have to say, wow! Your show is incredibly moving. Of course for me, because we share something in common, having both been victimized by Scientology. Though we were taken advantage of in different ways, the effects it has had on our lives are not so different at all. Similarly, we didn’t let our selves stay victims. We have both overcome the tragedy that tried so hard to ruin our lives and made something of ourselves.

    Now for the show. Right off the bat, demonstrating an auditing session. It’s been a long time since I felt that uncomfortable. It was a stark reminder of the craziness that I had suffered for 20 years. Though I never made it as “high up” the “bridge” as you did, so it was very, very interesting to get to see and understand what happens to someone when they are so deeply indoctrinated into the world of Xenu and alien space demon souls. I had no idea how badly it messed with you.

    Watching the dollar signs building and building. So much money wasted away. You reminded me of the all around futility of the world of Scientology. How pointless it’s existence is and what a money pit it is! I would sit in the Church on L. Ron Hubbard Way and watch as much money be conned out of people in a week as you were conned out of the whole time you were in Scientology.

    To listen to the things that your own daughter was saying to you, these horrible Scientologists trying to go behind your back and recruit her for the Sea Org. Jesus, Cathy. Thank you for being there for her and walking away from that with her. Thank you for not doing what my parents did and blaming me for being kidnapped by Sea Org members. Thank you for listening to your mothering instincts and the human side of you that told you people weren’t supposed to be treated this way.

    The music, the lights, the characters that you played. They were all so perfectly timed, and so expertly presented. The “Scientologist” personality that you demonstrated for the audience was spot on. Anyone who hasn’t gone to see this is truly doing themselves a disservice. I knew you for a while in Scientology but i never really got to see your talent as a performer. I remember you doing voices and things for us, and how funny it was.

    But to see you, in 80 short minutes, submerge an entire audience of people into Scientology was nothing short of awe inspiring. I have never seen a performance or a documentary or anything really, that was able to actually show what it was like to be a Scientologist. You showed everyone what that means, and with such poignant reflection in a very intimate setting.

    I am so sorry for everything you went through. You are so brave to have walked away from it all, after investing so much of your life and so much of your money into this. Unlike my parents, you left to protect your daughter. That says so much about you as a person. I wish we had more time to spend together. I hope to catch you next time you’re in town so we can swap stories.

    Love you, Cathy!

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    There wasn’t anything I didn’t like. The show was incredible!

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    The show was incredibly touching, and moving. It was an emotional roller coaster for sure. Cathy’s ability to play characters and immerse the audience in the world of Scientology was the most amazing part to me. As a former Scientologist myself it served as a stark reminder of the word from which I came. The horrible, horrible world that I was raised in.

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  30. Artistic Director Kristen Boulé reviews the Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology.

    Kristen Boulé is the Founding President and Artistic Director of 2Cents Theatre Group, a not for profit theatre company in residence at the beautiful Hudson Theatres on Theatre Row in Hollywood.

    http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?review_id=19173&tab=reviews

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    WHAT I LIKED

    Everything, seriously.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    Nothing, for real.

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    I wanted to see this due to the subject matter. While that didn’t disappoint whatsoever, it was also the strength of the performer that made this such a much see. She is fantastic, both the story and the manner in which it is presented is fascinating, this is seriously not to be missed! This is the best of Fringe 2016, absolutely. See it!!!

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  31. VIDEO: Squeeze My Cans Sizzle Reel from Hollywood Fringe Closing Night June 26 2016.

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  32. Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology Official Selection to The Outdoor Voices Festival.

    Broadway World: Non-Profit, That's What She Didn't Say, Announces First Outdoor Voices Festival

    http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-an...ounces-First-Outdoor-Voices-Festival-20160807

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    Local non-profit campaign, That's What She Didn't Say announced its first big event today- "The Outdoor Voices Festival," a two-weekend theatre festival featuring productions that tackle issues typically deemed challenging, taboo, or "off-limits." Some topics covered in this year's festival are body image, scientology, rape culture, bullying and suicide, and race.

    Spearheaded by TWSDS founder, Bonnie Joy Sludikoff, the festival will feature five different productions, all playing this September 16-18, and 23-25. Specific performance times will be announced via the organization's Facebook page at a later date. Official selections include three solo shows and two ensemble cast productions. All shows will take place in Hollywood at The Lounge and The Hudson, and each show will feature a brief talk-back and Q&A with the cast and production team, following the performance.

    Official Festival Selections include hits from the 2014 and 2016 Hollywood Fringe, such as: My Big Fat Blonde Musical, Squeeze My Cans * * * *

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    Ticket sales will begin this week and info can be found via facebook at www.facebook.com/outdoorvoicesfestival

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  33. PODCAST: Cathy Schenkelberg (Squeeze My Cans) and Scientology, Part 1,

    Come Get Sum Day 28: Get To The Sum Of Cathy Schenkelberg & Scientology P1

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cgsher...-the-sum-of-cathy-schenkelberg-scientology-p1

    Audio at link.

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    Cathy found a way to find a sense of self and to save the world.....or so she thought.....

    See the path of a Scientologist from the perspective of someone who's been there. She will hold nothing back and share every detail of her time in the "Church" sincerely and genuine as can be. You'll understand all the whats, whys and hows much better after hearing this!!

    Also make sure you support her one woman show (about her real life personal experience) : Squeeze My Cans traveling the country and added cities with dates all the time!! Squeeze My Cans has been met with nothing but some of the most shining reviews that represent the same sense of honest humility you'll hear in this conversation!!

    http://www.squeezemycans.com/ <-- Go to the link for more details and keep watching for this to be added to your area!!

    Follow Cathy on social media under @squeezemycans

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