We started a production company called AKip Productions. Our mission is simple: to educate, inform, and inspire others through the performing arts and multimedia. With our first show, MY OTHER VOICE explores themes of young adult survivorship with humor and lack of pretense. As opposed to being “a cancer play,” it is a play about illness as a catalyst for self-discovery and, ultimately, about what it truly means to live. We have developed MY OTHER VOICE in New York City where we exposed the show to 50 people. After that, we took the show to Columbus, OH where we did a staged reading in front of 400 people. We have also put on several concerts that have raised over $5,000 towards cancer research.
This summer, in Ann Arbor, we will present 12 performances of MY OTHER VOICE at the Arthur Miller Theatre. The expected number of people to attend this show over the 12 performances is over 1,000. The production will feature a combination of Equity performers and University of Michigan faculty members and students.
Additionally, we are collaborating with the University of Michigan Hospital to develop educational programming that will exist in tandem with the production. We are also partnering with organizations including Livestrong, Pelotonia, and Stupid Cancer to create an informational booth outside of the show where people can learn more about cancer prevention. The Huffington Post’s “Generation Why” section, a voice for young adults with cancer, will be covering the production. Further programming involving the Ann Arbor community, and particularly young adults with cancer, is also being developed.