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SNUC
by Mike DiSalvo
Type of Show
Performance Type
Acts
Duration
Performing Groups
Tech Requirements
Flexible
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Overview
Hurricane Katrina closes in on a medical research lab. If the power goes out, the only cultures of a rare cancer will be compromised, ruining what little research exists. Andy, the young man heading up the lab, happens to also be the donor of the cancer tissue.

Sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC): an extremely rare, poorly differentiated, and aggressive malignant cancer of the nasal cavity.

SNUC tells the true story of Andy Martin, the Tulane University med student as he fights against time, the elements, and his own disease in an attempt to preserve the research that just might lead to a breakthrough. 

SNUC was a Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference semifinalist in 2017 and received a reading at Naked Angels 1st Monday Reading Series in 2016. 

"SNUC is an engaging and powerful play about the struggles and uncertainties of being diagnosed with a rare disease. Mike DiSalvo's work is thought-provoking, funny and heartfelt; because he writes about real people." - Hunter Foster, director
Plot
SNUC tells the true story of Andy Martin, a young man diagnosed with a form of cancer so rare that no research had been done on his particular strain. There were no numbers, no databases, no information. So, rather than put his affairs in order, Andy decided to accept admission to Tulane Medical School and perform that research himself—on himself. Research which was ultimately compromised by Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of the Tulane Campus. 
Casting
2m, 1f
Male Principals
2
Female Principals
1
ACTOR 1
Principal
Andy Martin: early 30’s, Tulane medical student.
ACTOR 2
Principal
Kevin: Andy’s best friend and lab assistant. Dad: Andy’s father; a worrier. Various Doctors.
ACTOR 3
Principal
Chief Tyler: Head of Oncology at Tulane University. Hannah: Andy’s older sister. Mom: a calm balance to Dad. Alex: a bartender.