Here's what happened....
The audience of 400 rose to their feet for a riotously loud standing ovation. They were laughing and crying at the same time. The cast, crew, and artists beamed on stage for the grand finale. No one would ever be the same.
It was said by more than one audience member, "I needed that more than you will ever know."
All of this, following the live performance by a cast of 12 offering their poignant and funny monologues, ten performing artists singing and dancing supporting the monologue themes, assorted crew members bringing the show to life, and one very determined and proud MC/Showgirl/Producer, Miss La Pats, in a big red bouffant wig shedding tears of joy by show's end.
That is what happened on February 28, 2013 with the live performance of THE HAIRDO MONOLOGUES: WHEN MONSIEUR CHEMO STYLES HER HAIR featuring fascinating and riveting and funny stories from breast cancer survivors, a surgeon, a radiologist, a hair stylist, and a wig stylist--none of them previously trained actors--accented by performances by dancers, drummers, singers, and musicians.
Sample Monologue from the show:
http://youtu.be/7OomeKVCmKE (Vickie Smith and Tony Cochran followed by the Columbus Dance Theatre dancers, Jaime Kotrba and Seth Smith)
Contribute to our project so we can create, edit, and produce a DVD of the Hairdo Monologues project, rehearsals, and show that brings the viewer into the process, performance, and positive effects of the entire experience. The DVD will be used as a resource for cancer patients, hospitals, cancer and wellness centers, women's organizations, support groups, and doctors and other health care professionals. It delivers inspiration and encouragement for women experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy. This DVD can act as a discussion starter and motivational tool for survivors, friends and families, and their health care partners. Events and conferences would benefit from the DVD as a keynote feature or session presentation that Miss La Pats can conduct. Compassion, understanding, and humor are at the heart of this DVD.
What we have now...
We have the raw video footage from the workshops, rehearsals, and show and now we will work to edit all of that into an hour long DVD- a "docu-concert." The DVD will be inspiring, entertaining, funny, and transformative. Our theme: when we tell our stories and include the arts, we build a community of understanding and support that heals hearts and souls.
Pat Wynn Brown (aka Miss La Pats from Hair Theater) and videographer Alan Beavers are working together again to bring into being a beautiful and meaningful and much needed resource.
The Hairdo Monologues Project and Show...
The project and show were the brainchild of Pat Wynn Brown, Miss La Pats of Hair Theater. Her one woman shows play across the U.S. Pat brought her nationally recognized sense of compassion, fun and play into the creation of The Hairdo Monologues. You can see some scenes from a variety of Hair Theater episodes on:
Pat is a two time melanoma cancer survivor, while her mother, aunt, and cousin survived breast cancer. Pat's family philosophy is that storytelling, humor, and the arts are powerful medicine. And frankly, they are the best health and beauty aids on earth...and NO BOTOX NEEDLES required!
A new area of research and training in medical schools is "narrative medicine"-- patients telling their health stories to their physicians as a means of reaching a full diagnosis and thereby increasing the immunities and resilience of the patients via catharsis.
Every one of us experienced this catharsis at our Feb. 28 show. We want to share this through the DVD with the world.
OUR MONOLOGUE CAST...
Dr. Mary Pat Borgess- The radiologist
Wanda Brown- I.T. specialist, advocate for early detection with African American women, and a breast cancer survivor
Cindi Caudill Buell- Talent agent and breast cancer survivor
Tony Cochran- AGNES cartoon strip creator and husband of cast member Vickie Smith
Dr. Mark Cripe- The surgeon, who, in a strange turn of events, ended up performing melanoma surgery on Miss La Pats mid project
Adriana De La Pena- Latina Breast Health Coordinator and breast cancer survivor
Bethany Golden- The wig stylist
Tom Leckrone- The hairstylist
Wendy Naumann- Child psychologist and breast cancer survivor
Peggy Kelley- Retired from the business world, a breast cancer awareness advocate, and breast cancer survivor
Pauline Russ- Breast Health manager, production assistant on this project and show, and a breast cancer survivor
Vickie Smith- An occupational therapist and breast cancer survivor; married to cast member Tony Cochran
Pat Wynn Brown- as MISS LA PATS- creator, performer, writer, director, producer
We thank OhioHealth of Columbus, Ohio for their staff members and patients in the cast, and for their support of the show. A very special thanks to Pauline Russ who greatly assisted with the project and show. Thank you to our volunteers and crew members. We done good, kids!
Our Performing Artists who gave so much of themselves and their talents: Wahru and Friends on Drums, Jaime Kotrba and Seth Wilson of Columbus Dance Theatre, The Ukulele Cowboy Society (Jesse Chandler and Michael Kaplan), and Irish Dancer Nicole Rankin-Lindsay.
"Don't be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel the darkness from the world. Light your candle and step forward." ---Amma
What if we exceed our goal?
Then we can develop a marketing plan and materials to get the DVD to patients, health care systems, doctors, support groups, and events/conferences around the world! We would also love to be able to afford English (for the deaf) and Spanish subtitles. Kickstarter encourages us to set a goal that just covers what we need to get this job done and then anything over that can set in motion higher goals such as these.
Risks and challenges
The project, workshop, rehearsals, and show were a year in the making involving approximately 40 people who were predominately volunteers...and their complicated schedules. That segment is complete.
During the project and show time, Pat (Miss La Pats, the creator, director, producer and performer in the project and show) was rediagnosed with problems on her 1997 melanoma site. Surgery was required. Interestingly, the surgeon chosen was the one who happened to be in the show, Dr. Mark Cripe! All of this occurred at the height of production. Pat did not miss a beat because she and all knew: THE SHOW MUST GO ON! And it did, gloriously. And Pat now has a clean bill of health.
Coordinating schedules for 40 people and facing cancer surgery should prove to everyone that any obstacles the DVD project phase might face will be dealt with and solved pronto.
Any unexpected delays will be communicated immediately with a plan of action included. No delays are expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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