“A Funny Thing Happened When I X-rayed Myself”
A Basic Blueprint to Joy
by Kathryn MacIntyre
This controversial play is based on eight years of teaching in China, and is the result
of a lifetime quest to triumph over misfortune. It is a celebration of living a great-big-
huge-wonderful life, of not giving up, and of believing that everything is possible,
that the impossible just takes longer.
Not to discount the unbearable grief and pain of hardship, tragedy, and loss, this play
demonstrates how by focusing on yesterday’s catastrophes robs one of thriving. It
becomes a literal metaphor that as we shed our shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear,
desire, anger and pride that we become lighter.
With candor and wit, this play looks at these life-destructive emotions and then
demonstrates the life-supporting emotions such as courage, neutrality, willingness,
acceptance, wisdom, love, joy and peace.
I faked happiness until I found joy.
I stopped feeling like a dummy when I realized how smart joy is.
Joy is the fastest way to get the life you want.
“A Funny Thing Happened When I X-rayed Myself” is a bold and brave stepping-
stone to pave the way for others to more easily shed their pain and to find joy. While
unabashedly entertaining, it has inspired teens and adults around the world.
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