NEW Squeeze My Cans shows about Scientology coming in 2017

Discussion in 'Movies, Plays, and Documentaries about Scientology' started by CommunicatorIC, Dec 3, 2016.

View Users: View Users
  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

  2. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

  3. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
  4. Wants2Talk

    Wants2Talk Silver Meritorious Patron

  5. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    PHOTO Flash: 2/16 - 3/12/17 - Squeeze My Cans solo show about Scientology returns to Greenhouse Theater in Chicago

    Broadway World:
    Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at SQUEEZE MY CANS, Returning to Greenhouse Theater Center

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    Due to popular demand, Greenhouse Theater Center will present the return of Cathy Schenkelberg's hit one-woman show SQUEEZE MY CANS, directed by Shirley Anderson, playing February 16 - March 12, 2017 at 2016 at The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Schenkelberg's evocative and humorous account of life as a Scientologist returns for a full run following a limited engagement last summer during the Greenhouse's popular Solo Celebration! Series. The press opening is Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 pm, and BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the show below!

    Have you ever wondered if Bozo was a suppressive person? Have you ever considered what it might be like to audition to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend? What would you do if the carrot of spiritual freedom was dangled in front of you, waiting to be seized? Writer/performer Cathy Schenkelberg decided to chase it and what she found was Scientology: America's foremost intergalactic theology. After years of studying and searching, she found herself blowing alien life forms off her body, farther than ever from who she had hoped to be. Now, she returns to share that story in this no-holds-barred cautionary tale of how she survived the pseudoscience.

    SQUEEZE MY CANS returns to Chicago following sold-out runs in 2016 at Outdoor Voices festival and SacRed Fools Theater/Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles and Dunes Summer Theatre in Michigan City, Indiana.

    The production team for SQUEEZE MY CANS includes: Brandon Baruch (lighting design), Victorio (Toy) Deiorio (sound and projection design) and Ron Rude (production manager).

    Tickets for SQUEEZE MY CANS are currently available at, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336.





    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

  6. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Squeeze My Cans – A Seditious, Soul-Searching Solo Show.

    Splash Magazine: Squeeze My Cans – A Seditious, Soul-Searching Solo Show

    * * * * * BEGIN CONCLUSION * * * * *

    The show uses projections (designed by Victorio Deiorio) as a backdrop for the storytelling. One of the simplest and most effective devices of the performance is the projection of a running total of how much money Schenkelberg has spent on Scientology. Even as she describes stages of supposed spiritual enlightenment and her excitement at reaching higher and higher levels in the instructional courses’ hierarchy, it is impossible to forget the financial toll the religion is taking on her. Light design by Brandon Baruch plays an important role in the show as well, enhancing the storytelling without ever getting in the way.

    Cathy Schenkelberg’s one-woman show is a captivating glimpse at the emotional and spiritual struggle of a woman trying to find her purpose in life through a money-hungry cult. Although the text could use work in places, Schenkelberg’s talent and honesty as a performer, as well as her excellent comedic timing, make the show an entertaining and thought-provoking one.







    * * * * * END CONCLUSION * * * * *
  7. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Greenhouse Theater Center presents SQUEEZE MY CANS Review: The Bravery of Storytelling.

    Picture This Post: Greenhouse Theater Center presents SQUEEZE MY CANS Review: The Bravery of Storytelling

    * * * * * BEGIN CONCLUSION * * * * *

    A Bold Move

    What do you do if the “carrot of spiritual freedom” was dangled in front of you, waiting to be seized?

    Schenkelberg asks this question of her audience, much as I am sure she has asked herself over the years. Her story is one of bravery and temptation – the Church of Scientology promised her answers, and she kept returning to the interrogation room, giving up her money in order to find them. Sharing a story requires courage, and Schenkelberg takes a risk in sharing her uncensored journey. Based on the applause she received at the end of the production, it certainly seems that the audience is thankful for that bravery.


    * * * * * END CONCLUSION * * * * *
  8. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Squeeze My Cans’ hits the road!

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    The very talented Cathy Schenkelberg is once again performing her highly praised one-woman show about her trip into and out of Scientology, Squeeze My Cans, and she’s building up an ambitious tour that she hopes to extend, with some surprises along the way.

    Among her plans are to take Squeeze to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. To help her plans materialize, she started a fundraising effort online, and we encourage you to go there and learn more about her show.

    Here’s her schedule so far:

    Currently running through March 12
    Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago

    March 30-April 2
    Stageworks Theatre, Tampa
    1120 E.Kennedy Blvd
    West Building #151

    April 7-9
    Bongo After Hours Theatre, Nashville

    May 3-6
    12 Peers Theater, Pittsburgh
    412-626-6784 |

    May 31-June 4
    St Louis Actors Studio, St. Louis

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *
  9. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Squeeze My Cans makes the front page of the Tampa Bay Times

    Cathy Schenkelberg's show Squeeze My Cans makes the front page of the Tampa Bay Times.


    Tampa Bay TImes: Former Scientologist Cathy Schenkelberg confronts the church on stage in Tampa

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    By Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times Performing Arts Critic

    There are some things Cathy Schenkelberg can't forget, memories that bring back the shame. They burn like lava from that volcano, the famous one on the cover of Dianetics, the bible of the Church of Scientololgy.

    Her story of one of those moments takes place at a dinner in the mid-1990s: Schenkelberg and her daughter were at the church's Clearwater headquarters. It was the "celebrity's table," and Schenkelberg was a minor celebrity. She was one of the most prominent voice-over actors in the country, making nearly $400,000 a year in commercials.

    A member since her early 20s, Schenkelberg said she had given increasing chunks of her income to the church, paying for courses in L. Ron Hubbard's way of thinking, expensive "auditing" sessions, and advanced several levels up the church hierarchy. The training, fellow members told her, would allow her to be free, to become truly herself.

    There was always a price. More courses, more training, more everything. The price to sit at the celebrity table was $2,500.

    "You're going to have to move," the maître d' said. "Somebody else wants the seat." Then, she said, she saw Tom Cruise walking up to the table.

    Schenkelberg, 47, left the church in 2009. Her one-woman show, Squeeze My Cans — Surviving Scientology, opens at Tampa's Stageworks Theatre today. Scientology representatives did not respond to a request for comment on this story, or the play.

    The play is not the first time the church has been skewered by an entertainer. Recently, actor and former member Leah Remini has grabbed headlines with her A&E show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The church has been sent-up on South Park, and on stage, including Kyle Jarrow's A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant.

    But perhaps never has a stage play mounted this kind of full-on assault of the church, as well as its reputation for heavy handed, even cultlike tactics. Schenkelberg's play has had sold-out runs in Chicago and Hollywood, Calif.

    "I have to go back and forth and create for you, the audience, what it was like for me, the 20-something, being introduced to this wonderful religion," Schenkelberg said. "And then by the time you reach about 60 minutes, you see how what I thought I was getting into was chipped away, and the person that I had been was gone. I was a shell of myself."

    Schenkelberg was chatty in the Stageworks lobby, even bubbly. She talks fast and is a toucher. She told a story she has told other reporters:


    So why did she stay in the church?

    "I've spent a half a million dollars on this, I'm not going to stop now," she said. She also believed if she stopped training, she would become sick or die.

    "My dad would say, 'Are you okay?' And I'd go, 'Fine, Dad!' I couldn't let him know how horrified and frightened I was because I didn't know how to get out."

    In the meantime, she said, the church had collected advance payments on courses. She lost her house. For a while, she said, she danced on the edge of suicide.

    She decided to leave the church. She said she was able to get $17,000 in refunds, but had given the church more than $1 million and exhausted her daughter's college fund.

    The church sent Schenkelberg a letter of disconnection severing her from Scientology and declared her a "suppressive person," she said. She spent three months on food stamps. She drove across the country, acting in regional theater or performing at spoken-word events. The one-woman show came about in 2015, its title derived from the "cans," or handles of an E-meter, the device used in auditing.

    Schenkelberg gave her first performance at a workshop in Chicago in July 2016. All three performances sold out. She entered a fringe theater festival in Hollywood, with the same result.

    She contacted Karla Hartley, the producing artistic director at Stageworks, who had directed Schenkelberg in God of Carnage at American Stage in St. Petersburg.

    "I might not have agreed to do this if I hadn't worked with her," Hartley said. "But I like a good solo show. And I like to stir the pot."

    Schenkelberg has booked Boca Raton next, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Schenkelberg said even sold-out runs barely put gas in the tank of her Ford. But the creativity does her good.

    "My thing was not to take the church down," she said. "My thing was doing it for therapy."

    The show has prompted letters and emails from appreciative strangers, people who lost contact with loved ones in the church. Every now and then, Schenkelberg said, the church still makes contact with her. She said she has had visitors stop by to conduct "outreach."

    "They'll say, 'Hey Cathy, we saw your lights on, we want to tell you what's going on with the church,' " she said. "I'm like, 'Dude, it's midnight.' "

    For more than two decades, she had spent everything on learning how to be a better Scientologist. When she talked about that, the bearer of all that wonderful news from Applebee's and Sears and Chevrolet went away. For the first time, her radio-perfect voice quavered.

    "I still am constantly battling sadness and regret," she said. "But every time I do this show, a piece of me comes back. It's therapy, it really is.

    "The sadness comes from the loss of time. If there's one thing about it is, I can't get back that time. Do I think I'll live another lifetime? Yeah, but this is the lifetime I want to live. I want to make a mark. Not for anybody else. For my daughter, for my family. And the time that I lost, that's what just eats me up."

    'Squeeze My Cans — Surviving Scientology'

    The show is at 8 p.m. today through Sunday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416.

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

  10. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    My Sister...a never in....saw Squeeze My Cans last night....and really liked it.

    Said it was a very good show!
  11. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

  12. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    ( I don't think this is a spoiler....but a bonus bit of info )

    My sister said at the back of the stage...up in the corner, was a Dollars Spent Number Counter, that starts at zero and goes higher and higher as her story progresses...

    My sister didn't say if it went over 1 Million Dollars....but did say it got to over 900 thousand....!!
  13. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Nashville Scene interview with Cathy Schenkelberg of Squeeze My Cans.

    Nashville Scene: Actress and Former Scientologist Cathy Schenkelberg Uncovers the Church’s Dark Side

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    Actress and Former Scientologist Cathy Schenkelberg Uncovers the Church’s Dark Side

    Schenkelberg’s Squeeze My Cans comes to Bongo Java After Hours this weekend

    By Megan Seling

    Apr 6, 2017 5 AM

    For nearly two decades, Cathy Schenkelberg’s entire life was tied up in Scientology. She’s shared a burger with John Travolta and had coffee with Kirstie Alley. She never did like Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most famous member, but that didn’t keep her from abandoning her burgeoning career as an actress to meet all of the church’s shocking demands while raising her daughter and handing over her money.

    Now, after escaping the organization she calls a cult, she’s telling her story — mistakes and all — in a one-woman show titled Squeeze My Cans. The title is a play on words, inspired by the church’s “auditing” process, wherein church members grasp metal, can-like tubes that are hooked up to an “E-meter,” while recalling some of the most personal and/or traumatic moments in their lives. Some have accused the Church of Scientology of using this private information as a means of extortion against people who try to leave the church, but Schenkelberg shamelessly puts everything on the table herself — how she first fell into it, why she went along with it for as long as she did, and how she finally got out.

    On a recent visit to Nashville, Schenkelberg sat down with the Scene to talk about her experiences and give more insight as to why she’s now sharing her story with the world, instead of running far away without ever looking back.

    I want to start with the show. Can you give us a brief synopsis?

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *
  14. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Thanks, CommunicatorIC!


    It's a terrific interview. Kathy talks a bit about her time in Scientology and her mother's reaction to the show.

    I'm sure it will sell out. The Bongo After Hours is a nice venue and Kathy Schenkelberg's earlier rave reviews as well as terrific coverage by ''Nashville Scene" pretty much guarantees a huge crowd. :thumbsup: I hope I get a chance to have a few words with her after the show. :yes:

    The weather will be nice, too - which means everywhere will be packed for the weekend. Heads up to buy your tickets in advance!
  15. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    PODCAST: Chris C [@MiamiSixthMan] of Come Get Sum [@CGSHere] reviews Cathy Schenkelberg's one woman show @SqueezeMyCans about Scientology

    * * * * * BEGIN INTRODUCTION * * * * *

    In August of last year I spoke to my first ex Scientologist Cathy Shenkelberg. She has been an Actress, Voice Actress and stage Actress but in this instance she was the every girl.Speaking with her made those things you wonder about much more clear and connected the dots. I thought after speaking to her I understood Scientology. I was wrong.

    Cathy has been touring with her One Woman Show Squeeze My Cans since then and brought her show to Tampa FL. I finally got to see it.This is my brief review of that show!

    Did the show live up to expectations? Was there a dry eye in the room? Do I understand Scientology now?

    The answer to these questions and more will be answered on this episode of Come Get Sum!!!!

    Follow Cathy on Twitter @SqueezeMyCans

    Hellp Cathy's Hatch Fund:

    * * * * * END INTRODUCTION * * * * *
  16. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

  17. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    May 3-7: Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology at the 12 Peers Theater at the University of Pittsburgh Studio Theatre.

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    12 Peers Theater announces an addition to their 2017 season, the touring production of Squeeze My Cans, written and performed by Cathy Schenkelberg, to be performed at the University of Pittsburgh Studio Theatre May 3-7, 2017.

    Squeeze My Cans has hit theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles to critical and popular acclaim, selling-out houses and inspiring crowds who often stick around after, curious about the journey in and out of Scientology. Using only a chair, a stool, projections, lighting and nearly a million dollars, this show rockets the audience through this roller-coaster ride of the heart... but with aliens.

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

  18. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Squeeze My Cans one-woman show about Scientology at Gaslight Theater, St. Louis, MO from 5/31 to 6/4/17.

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    The National Tour of "Squeeze My Cans" is coming to the Gaslight Theatre, courtesy of Citilites!

    This one woman show, written and directed by Cathy Schenkelberg, focuses on her experience living and leaving scientology.

    This is not the first time a former Scientologist has spoken out. If you were intrigued by the A&E show "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" you'll definitely want to get your ticket for this show!

    May 31 - June 4 at the Gaslight Theatre in the Central West End. For tickets go to or call 314-749-6897.

    8pm Wednesday - Saturday and 2 shows at 3pm Saturday and Sunday

    Click for Tickets

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *
  19. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    5/31 to 6/4/17: Squeeze My Cans one-woman show about Scientology at Gaslight Theater, St. Louis, MO

    Broadway World -- Solo Show SQUEEZE MY CANS Explores Escape from Scientology

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    The Church of Scientology owned actress Cathy Schenkelberg for 14 years. Citilites Theatre brings this engaging writer-performer to St. Louis to perform her new original solo show "Squeeze My Cans" for six performances (May 31 - June 4, 2017) at The Gaslight Theater.

    Having spent much of her young adult life inside the cult, it took another 5 years to leave Scientology behind in the face of harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door by "outreach" staffers, an expensive custody battle, social rejection, and the hacking of websites of venues where she performed. Schenkelberg finds the courage to tell this hilarious and horrifying story under the direction of Shirley Anderson with lighting design by Steve Miller, sound design by Victoria Deiorio and graphic design by Brett Newton.

    "Many of the people who went as far as I did in the Church, lost everything: family, friends, homes, bank accounts, identities and their actual lives." Cathy says, "I'm lucky to be here and healthy." Her introduction to the cult was innocent enough. As a young 20-something struggling to make a life for herself, uncertain where to turn for answers, a friend gave her the book Dianetics and an appointment to meet with someone named "Rich" at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.

    Schenkelberg, brings "Squeeze My Cans" to St. Louis after successful runs in L.A, Chicago among other cities, before heading to the Edinburgh Festival. In presenting this cautionary tale, Cathy Schenkelberg hopes to reach: people who feel lost, desperate and alone, searching for answers to life's problems; those who have lost loved ones to a damaging cult, and anyone who has given up their identity, community and life-savings to organizations like Scientology.

    "I've known Cathy for over 30 years," says Greg Hunsaker, Citilites artistic director. "Knowing her pre- Scientology persona, I'm honored to help her share her journey of escape, discovery, and optimism in the face of her new found freedom. On the heels of the success of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, I'm proud to present a show so timely and relevant."

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

    For more information about Cathy or the show visit For tickets go to or call (314) 749-6897.
  20. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    'Squeeze My Cans' Tells Performer's Courageous Escape from Scientology: Theater Review.

    Ladue News: 'Squeeze My Cans' Tells Performer's Courageous Escape from Scientology: Theater Review

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    Cathy Schenkelberg was doing just fine. The Nebraska native, one of 10 children in a loving, sprawling Catholic family, had entered the world of entertainment after her education and had found success at a very early age. As she tells us in her program notes, she “did it all,” from working 1-900 numbers to cruise ships to voice-overs and quite a bit of theater in Chicago.

    An adventurous sort, Cathy was always up for something different. She tells us, though, that it wasn’t until her third brush with the Church of Scientology that she became sucked into its vortex. An acquaintance introduced her to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s pivotal work, Dianetics. Soon, she was taking tests at a regional Scientology center to determine if she could get her “needle floating.”

    As her financial investment eventually neared $1 million in money she gave and/or spent on Scientology materials, Cathy realized she was in desperate straits. She managed to extricate herself, and by then her daughter, from the reach of people who promised only her best interests but somehow seemed more driven by draining her personal wealth as well as her mind and spirit.


    Apart from a moment near the end of the show when she tearfully recalls saying goodbye to her father at the end of his life, and learning how worried he really was about his daughter’s descent into a cult, Schenkelberg keeps the performance on a more-or-less amiable keel, despite the horrid subject matter. That’s appropriate in that it shows how disarmingly and subtly Scientologists were able to choke the intellectual and emotional freedom out of her and others.

    Squeeze My Cans is being performed over a five-day period at Gaslight Theater. The short run belies the show’s creepy theme, but it’s reassuring to see Schenkelberg looking at her own personal horror story in her rear-view mirror while she uses the forum to warn others what could befall them as well.

    Play: Squeeze My Cans

    Company: Citilites Theater

    Venue: Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle

    Dates: June 4 at 3 p.m.

    Tickets: $18-$20; contact brownp

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *