With the recent news that I may still have cancer somewhere in my body (come out, come out, wherever you are!), I’m even more pleased about my decision to pursue the Cancer Stories Project (CSP), a theatrical production to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society — and possibly other cancer oriented nonprofits.

(For more specifics on the project, check out this post.)

I have managed to attract two very talented and creative people to the project: Talish Barrow, an MFA directing student at the UW-Madison, and one of my co-workers at Children’s Theater of Madison, Christina Martin-Wright. I’m so excited about this project that I wish I could devote all of my energy to it, and that’s a great feeling. A reminder that cancer has brought more than sorrow and hard luck into my life — it has also brought love, hope, creative energy, introspection, and a hell of a lot more.

I will try to keep regular updates on CSP here too. For now, we are in the planning stages — both from a creative standpoint as well as logistically. So, I’m working on budgets, making contacts, making a plan of attack, discussing creative ideas with the director, Talish, etc.

UPDATE (12/14/08)

The Cancer Stories project is moving steadily along, and we are currently reaching out to both interview subjects with stories to share, as well as donor base to help the production get on its feet.

The CSP creative team is currently making lists and beginning to reach out to people we believe have something to offer the project. If you know of anyone who might be willing to help (in any way), please put them in touch with me.

Also, as you may have noticed from the graphic at the top of this page, we hope to make the Cancer Stories the first in a series of works in and around Madison that use our community creatively, telling their own stories in their own words, and have dubbed this endeavor Wisconsin Story Project.

Thanks for reading.



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