“Highly Recommended”

-Gia On The Move

Cathy Schenkelberg in Squeeze My Cans

Squeeze My Cans

Surviving Scientology

This this original solo show, written and performed by Cathy Schenkelberg, takes a glimpse behind the curtain of a Hollywood cult and how one person escaped with persistence and humor.

Pick of the Fringe Winner

“The real treat here is Schenkelberg herself.”

– Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic

Cathy Schenkelberg

You can sing and act next lifetime. If we don’t clear this planet there won’t be a planet to sing and act on!

– Typical cult logic

Cathy Schenkelberg live discussing her show, Squeeze My Cans, and her time in Scientology.

TV3 Ireland – Squeeze My Cans interview with Cathy Schenkelberg

The Scoop

This show is more than just an audition to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend.  It is a trip down a volcanic rabbit hole, however, the carrot labeled “spiritual freedom” eerily transformed into a bit of an alien concept. “I’m lucky to be here and healthy.” Her introduction to the cult was innocent enough. “Many of the people who went as far as I did in the Church, lost everything: family, friends, homes, bank accounts, identities and their actual lives.”

The Church of $cientology had actress Cathy Schenkelberg for 14 years of her young, adult life. It took another 5 years for her to escape in the face of harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door by “outreach” staffers, an expensive custody battle, and social rejection.

In her original solo show Squeeze My Cans, Cathy shares a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of this strangely hilarious and unbelievably horrifying story of loss, isolation, manipulation, and the relentless power of survival through persistence and humor.


“The weird kinda becomes the norm”
- Rob Breakenridge radio interview

“Fasten your seat belts”
– Calgary Herald

“Suppression – Life after Religion.”
- Winnipeg Free Press

“Her video was an audition to be Cruise’s girlfriend.”
– Omaha World-Herald

“I’ve spent a half a million dollars on this, I’m not going to stop now.”
– Tampa Bay Times

“her brutally honest story comes through loud and clear”
– Chicago Reader

“extremely impressive feat – this production is highly recommended”
– Splash Magazines

“Highly Recommended”
– Gia on the Move

Solo festival show sheds light on Scientology from former member
– Chicago Sun-Times

Tonight, Cathy Schenkelberg
takes her Scientology cans to the Hollywood Fringe
– The Underground Bunker

Hollywood Fringe Preview:
An Interview with Cathy Schenkelberg
– BlogCritics