Squeeze My Cans shows about Scientology - 2018

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    A Scientology Cautionary Tale.

    Door County Pulse: A Scientology Cautionary Tale


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    Former Scientologist, Cathy Schenkelberg, premieres her solo show at Rogue Theater. The Church of Scientology had actress Cathy Schenkelberg for 14 years; it took another five years to leave them behind in the face of harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door by “outreach” staffers, an expensive custody battle and constant paranoia about the monitoring of her every move. She has the courage to tell this hilarious and horrifying story under the direction of Shirley Anderson with sound and projection design by Victoria Deiorio.

    Her story premieres in her new original solo show, Squeeze My Cans, for four performances, June 7-10, at Rogue Theater in Sturgeon Bay.

    “Many of the people who went as far as I did in the Church lost everything, went insane, died or killed themselves,” said Schenkelberg. “I’m lucky to be alive and healthy.”

    Squeeze My Cans shows June 7-10, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The June 7 performance is a special pay-what-you-can preview, with proceeds benefiting HELP of Door County.

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    Green Bay Press Gazette

    Rogue Theater presents one-woman show about Scientology
    USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 10:32 p.m. CT June 4, 2018 |

    STURGEON BAY - Former Church of Scientology member Cathy Schenkelberg performs her solo show about her experience, "Squeeze My Cans," four times this week on Rogue Theater's stage.
    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?
    Schenkelberg decided to chase it and what she found was Scientology, where she spent most of her young adult life. 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, Schenkelberg returns to share that hilarious and horrifying story in this no-holds-barred cautionary tale of how she survived not just those 14 years as a member but 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 and constant paranoia about the monitoring of her every move..


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    Door County Daily News
    Rogue Theater presents solo show exploring peril of Scientology
    By Tim Kowols

    A Nebraska native and veteran performer is bringing her experiences with Scientology to the forefront when her solo show “Squeeze My Cans” opens on Thursday in Sturgeon Bay. Cathy Schenkelberg, a popular voice-over artist who also appeared on Chicago Fire and The Bozo Show, was a member of Scientology for 14 years before leaving the church in 2009.

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    Surviving Scientology's suppression - Actor shares her story about life after religion.

    Winnipeg Free Press: Surviving Scientology's suppression - Actor shares her story about life after religion


    By: Randall King | Posted: 07/23/2018 7:00 PM


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    And anyway, after spending close to a million dollars at the church to achieve one of the highest ranks possible — an OT VII — she effectively chucked it all when she realized her continued participation in the church would risk not only her sanity but her relationship with her only daughter.

    That story is recalled in the one-woman show Squeeze My Cans, a bawdy-sounding reference to the metal cylinders attached to an e-meter, employed to measure electrodermal variations in a Scientologist’s body during "audit" sessions.

    It’s a hair-raising story, but it’s told in an entertaining and engaging manner that transcends the subject of the religion started by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.

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    O/T. The Calgary Herald on Cathy Schenkelberg’s Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology at the Calgary Fringe Festival:


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    Cathy Schenkelberg’s Squeeze My Cans which runs in the Artpoint Gallery takes its audiences into the dangerously bizarre world of Scientology where Schenkelberg was lost for almost two decades.

    During one of the first indoctrination sessions of Scientology, the client is given a personality test during which they are asked to hold a pair of cans hooked up by wires to a kind of lie detector machine, hence the title of Schenkelberg’s show.

    If you think the whole holding cans thing sounds a tad silly or weird then fasten your seat belts for what follows.

    Because her show is meant to be entertaining as well as informative and not simply a lecture, Schenkelberg layers it with a great deal of humour and a most energetic performance. Under all those laughs is the heartache Schenkelberg suffered by giving herself over body, soul and pocketbook to the snake-oil salesmen.

    Schenkelberg held Saturday’s capacity audience in the palm of her most talented hands for 73 minutes, and I predict word of mouth will have her next five shows sell out well in advance so get your tickets early.

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    Cathy Schenkelberg's one-woman Squeeze My Cans show about Scientology selected as Best of Fest Venue Series Winner for 2018 at the Calgary Fringe Festival.





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