Then in November, I am at the University of Virginia School of Medicine offering the show as the closing program for the 13th Annual Breasting Imaging Conference. There are about 50 people in the audience, about 45 are women, including oncologist, radiologist, oncology nurses, Mammogram technicians, and others medical and treatment professionals. I am a bit nervous, my first all “medical” crowd. I’m actually worried that the medical detail in the play will be judged wanting! Instead, it is the most emotional audience I have ever performed for and I am myself moved. Dr. Harvey, the program chair, steps out at the end, hanky in hand, and explains how important and rare it is for the medical professional to hear “this side” of the story.
2014 was a great year for The Actual Dance. I started performing in 2013, there has since been 62 performances. Now, I am getting ready for the biggest opportunity and challenge. A limited run in New York in an off-Broadway venue
The Actual Dance is set to premier in New York on January 10th. 2015. The purpose of this New York production is to set the stage for marketing to venues throughout the US and to reach our goal of reaching everyone who needs to see the show.
Luckily I have had the support in 2014 of the Collegiate Churches of New York and EmblemHealth of New York. Now, in 2015 and beyond, I need your help.
I can continue to do this work only because of the generosity of organizations and individual supporters. All donations to The Actual Dance are made through my fiscal sponsor in New York, Artistic New Directions (AND). AND has been my artistic home for nearly 15 years. The donations to my show support too their mission of training and empower emerging artists.
I have launched an Indiegogo Campaign You can easily make a contribution by clicking on the link and pick a perk that speaks to you. You can click here and see that you can be in good company in terms of people who have supported the show.
While on the Indiegogo site, I also encourage you to take a minute an click on the Gallery and watch the video “Our Story.” It is a digital story about Susan and my journey through this existential challenge and how we experienced it very differently.
The Actual Dance is about bringing the power of theater to soothe the soul and move the heart. It changes the lives of those who see it for the better.
Thank you in advance and I hope to see you at a show in 2015.