Jason was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Autoimmune Hepatitis, and Ulcerative Colitis, three gastrointestinal autoimmune diseases (one of which has no treatment or cure except, possibly, a liver transplant). Jason's spent the last 7 years juggling having a life and being sick, and he's noticed some kind of absurd stuff along the way....
Me First: An Autobiographical Comedy About Dying is a solo performance piece written and performed by Philadelphia playwright/poet Jason Rosenberg. Me First wrestles in the first person with the socially and self-imposed ways that people with invisible disabilities are denied access to the resources they need. It blends standup comedy, theater, performance art, and music, asking audiences to consider the ways they could better advocate for sick people (including themselves).
Me First was first developed in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, directed by Emma Arrick and Anthony Adair. The original production raised over $1,300 for PSC Partners Seeking a Cure and American Liver Foundation, and saw 5 audience members sign up to be organ donors.
Me First is in development for a workshop production in 2018