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Rogue Festival Performer Preview: That Kidney Show, Or Scrapping my wife for parts—They took my freakin’ kidney

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment
SECTIONS

by Tony & Aileen Imperatrice

The Rogue Festival will be upon us soon! Enjoy another Rogue Festival performer preview article, with more to come between now and the Festival and more that have already been published this month in our A & E section. We also have an article about this year’s Rogue Festival Muse, and once Rogue begins, watch for reviews and video interviews. For more information on the Festival itself check out their website and keep an eye on KRL’s Rogue Festival Event Page.

Life can take a variety of twists and turns that lead us to some amazing adventures. This past year Aileen and I went on the adventure of a lifetime when she donated a kidney so that I could receive a transplant. During this year’s Rogue Festival we will be telling you all about it in a humorous and poignant “he said, she said” narrative.

It all started back in 2002 when I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Kidney Disease. My kidneys would slowly fail, and I would eventually need a transplant. That day came this past year and Aileen and I got to experience the greatest of all life changing events. From the years long preparations to working out all the myriad logistics, we have got some great stories to tell. Some are funny, some are scary, and all are uplifting and life affirming.rogue

Tony and I learned so much through all of this and much of that dispels myths about organ transplants. I can tell you that being a donor is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. And now that transplant centers have streamlined the methods by which to be a living donor, we have the power to lower the horrifying waiting lists. Our stories include the twists and turns of preparing for major surgeries, challenges we met along the way, and the outcomes we never expected.

Believe it or not, you can find humor in times of challenge, and you can also gain the clarity in perspective of what really is important in life. Tony and I have so much to be grateful for and so many friends who helped us survive through all of this. This show is our opportunity to share with audiences just how miraculous things can happen with great support and laugh about it at the same time.

PG 13 all shows $6

fresnoroguefestival.com

Rogue Festival 2018
Fulton Street Art
1118 N Fulton St. (next to Veni Vidi Vici)

Performance Dates & Times
Saturday, March 3 @ 1:45 PM
Sunday, March 4 @ 6:45 PM
Thursday, March 8 @ 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 10 @ 6:45 PM

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