Hilarious, absurd, honest and heart-warming, Alison Whittaker, a Registered Nurse at a major San Francisco, CA hospital, takes you behind the scenes for an intimate look at the nurses, patients and their families coping with blood-and-guts real life in the hospital. From diaper changes and catheters to despair, hope and humanity, this is a glimpse of real life in the hospital as you’ve never seen it before.

Alison is directed by David Ford and has worked with Ann Randolph at the Marsh. She has performed her one-woman show at the Marsh in San Francisco for a sold-out, extended 3-month run June-September, 2012, followed by a 6-week return engagement at the Marsh in May and June 2013.  Prior to that, she has performed Vital Signs at the 2012 Rogue Festival in Fresno, the 2011 Boulder International Fringe Festival, the 2011 San Francisco Fringe Festival. the Marsh (Marsh Rising series) in San Francisco, the San Francisco Theatre Festival, Solo Sundays at StageWerx, the 2011 Women On The Way Festival, and at Shotwell Studios. In addition to writing and performing VITAL SIGNS, Alison currently works as a registered nurse in San Francisco.

Vital Signs contains mature content not suitable for children.

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The Pulse of an American Nurse

“Alison is a gifted writer and performer…painfully funny and profound.” 

- Ann Randolph

“Masterful parody, amazing humor, and unusual sensitivity and compassion...A revelation to many and a thoroughly entertaining experience for all.”

  1. -Jeff Anderson, M.D.

“Funny ‘Vital Signs’ gets to the nitty-gritty of nursing.”

  1. -SF Examiner

“...filled with empathy and humor.”

  1. -SF Theater Blog

“...a solo show combining humor, heartbreak and plenty of graphic details... hits gold”

  1. -Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle.

“...funny, heartbreaking, frustrating, frightening and plain ol’ interesting...a must-see.”

  1. -Mike Oz, Fresno Bee

“Talk about up close and personal!....often hilarious, sometimes sorrowful, but always riveting.  An incisive reality check on what goes on behind the scenes...”

- Suzanne Gordon, author