The Acutal Dance

The Actual Dance

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Rayburn House Office Building Room B-340

Please join us at 5:00 p.m., February 25 in room B-430 of the Rayburn House Office Building for a performance of The Actual Dance.

About The Actual Dance:

Audiences call The Actual Dance: "Wonderful and insightful...brilliant...eloquent...absorbing,moving and very beautiful"

The Actual Dance is a play written and performed by Sam Simon. It is a dramatic exploration of the emotional and spiritual journey of confronting the possibility of being with the person you have loved most in the world through the end of life. In the spring of 2000, Sam's wife Susan was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. That diagnosis and subsequent treatments took both of them on a roller coaster ride that moved from elation to despair and back again. The Actual Dance is a presentation of that ride from Sam's perspective.

Every performance is followed by a talk-back, a time when the audience gets to verbalize their own feelings and reaction not only to the play but to their own journey and experiences. Audiences have included members of the public, churches and synagogues, medical professionals including nurses and physicians, clergy, staff of cancer support organization and those who themselves of their loved ones are going through illness.

Comfort and strength comes through the verbalization of the experience


  • Disruptive Women in Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • National Consumers League
  • Life with Cancer
  • New York City Partnerships for Family Caregiving Corps
  • Collegiate Churches
  • Society's for Women's Health Research
  • Oncology Nursing Society

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