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Side Effects May Include

Jan 19–21
Barter's Smith Theatre

By Marc Jaffe and Eric Coble

This one-man play, co-written by author and stand-up comedian Marc Jaffe and Broadway playwright Eric Coble, is based on Jaffe's real life experiences with his wife Karen, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2007. It is the story of how Parkinson's affected their lives, the choices they made in dealing with the disease, and the literal and figurative side effects of those choices. Since Karen's diagnosis, the Jaffes have raised over one million dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation through their nonprofit organization Shaking With Laughter. All proceeds raised from this event will go to Shaking With Laughter to help fund support and research for a cure for Parkinson's Disease.

May not be appropriate for people under 18 years of age.

About the event:

Nick Koesters performed in the original production of Side Effects May Include in Cleveland and is excited to share it again with the Barter Theatre community. "My wife and I both have family members who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's. With this show, I want to bring together a whole community of individuals and families dealing with Parkinson's, support groups, and organizations working to educate, research, and treat the disease. I want to help bring awareness to the community at large and provide a setting where support systems in the region can come together with families like ours whose lives are directly affected by this challenging disease."

Booths will be set up inside Barter's Stage II café before and after each production to provide attendees with information about Parkinson's Disease, facilitate discussions, share stories, discuss advances in research, and provide support for anyone who is affected by Parkinson's Disease. Any groups interested in setting up a booth can contact Nick Koesters at

January 19th and 20th shows will include a talk back with Marc and Karen Jaffe immediately following the show.

For more information about Shaking With Laughter click here.

Cast & Credits


Performed by Nick Koesters*

Presented by Shaking With Laughter

With the generous support of Barter Theatre

‚Äč*denotes member of Actors' Equity Association