Mama Juggs wants women to know what breast cancer is really like.
The one-woman health show is performed by Anita Shontel Woodley. It tells her family's breast health history through the firsthand accounts of Mama Juggs at age 17, 27, 47 and 100 years old.
The show is free, open to the public and will be presented at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Cytec Community Room at HACC's York Campus
There will be another performance at 3:30 p.m. at HACC's Gettysburg Campus.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," said Woodley. "They're probably never going to laugh again this much for the rest of their life."
The character she plays - Mama Juggs - uses comedy, improvisations, a cappella gospel and audience interactions to get her point across, Woodley says.
How it started: The act began almost accidentally when Woodley was at a party and performed a song about breastfeeding that her grandmother taught her.
People loved it and told her she should keep doing it. She morphed it into a women's health show she has been performing for the past three years to address issues of cancer and body image.
""I portray my 100-year-old grandmother, myself at age 17, all sassy, and myself at 27 learning how to breastfeed with the song my grandmother taught me, and my mom at 47 with breast cancer," Woodley said.
"There is no intermission and there are no set changes.
""It's just an afro and a body suit, that's all you need," said Woodley.
"Part of the act includes teaching two different breast self-exams.
Attitude shift: Woodley has seen a major shift in people's awareness and level of comfort when it comes to discussing breast health.
""People just come up to me and tell me everything. One lady said, 'I'm going home and I'm going to touch my breast for the first time.' And another person said she was going to make a mammogram appointment for the first time," she said.
"When it comes to your body, you are the best person to tune into it, because you're with it all the time," said Woodley.