A funny, touching, warm, informative, frank, inspiring play about… prostate cancer!


A SLIGHT DISCOMFORT, Teatret Svalegangen 2019 © Montgomery og Creative Zoo



By Jeff Metcalf (US)

1 M


English original text, Danish adaptation

Award-winning playwright Jeff Metcalf has written a remarkably honest – and outrageously funny – monologue about his experience with prostate cancer. This one-man-play, based on his journals, follows Jeff’s journey from diagnosis through his life surviving the disease. It explores the shared experience of being human and dealing with a crisis with grace and humor.


A SLIGHT DISCOMFORT, feat. actor Paul Kiernan © Patrick Selvage, 2010


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Jeff Metcalf © John Metcalf


Jeff Metcalf is an award-winning writer, teacher and journalist. Metcalf is professor of English and the Director of Humanities in Focus documentary film program and teaches literature and playwriting in the English Department and in the Honors College at the University of Utah.

Metcalf has been the recipient of the 2017 Surel’s Artist-in-Residence Award, the 2016 Taft-Nicholson Artist-in-Residence Award, the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award University of Utah, the 53rd Utah Arts Council Award for Creative non-fiction (Requiem for the Living, University of Utah Press), the 2008 Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah, the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education, a Fulbright Memorial Scholar Award, the National Council of English Teachers Award, the Lifetime Advocacy Award from Writers @ Work, grants from both the Utah Humanities Council and the Utah Arts Council and numerous other teaching awards.

Metcalf’s play, A SLIGHT DISCOMFORT about his own prostate cancer, has been continuously performed since its world premiere at the Salt Lake Acting Company in October of 2007 and had its international premiere at the Teatret Svalegangen in Aarhus, Denmark in 2019.