Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.
March 24, 2021 at 7:30pm PT
Jackson Nogahl is thrilled to share his performance of “The Rain Delay,” chronicling his first day back at work after prostate surgery. In the story, he weaves together the lessons of a 1990s skateboarder, tall boy beers, Clydesdale horses, a magic trick, the power of prayer, the most beautiful woman in the office, and above all, Mother Nature. He’ll also premiere his new story, “The Photoshoot,” about his first foray into “modeling.”
ABOUT THE PERFORMER
On Valentine’s Day, 2021, Jackson Nogahl celebrated his ten-year anniversary! Of his relationship with prostate cancer. Over the decade, he’s maintained his sense of humor by finding comedy in the situations he’s shared with that partner. He’s begun documenting them in a memoir, War and Pee.
Last year, Jackson began to develop his stories for a live audience and was scheduled to perform onstage when COVID hit. Being used to illnesses interrupting his life, he adapted his story for Story Lab Chicago’s first Zoom performance, during which he experienced the thrill of telling jokes with no audible audience feedback.
Far from being a professional performer, Jackson has no business being on any stage at all, much less one as prestigious as The Marsh. Then again, how many talented performers are at the ready to provide laughs about ten years of needle jabs, finger pokes, surgical cuts, radioactivity, and drugs labeled, “Women who may be pregnant should not handle without gloves”?
ABOUT SOLO ARTS HEAL
SOLO ARTS HEAL, a weekly MarshStream Public Broadcast Platform program, presents empowering performances about healing and resilience. Through hosted interviews, talkbacks and audience Q&A, the Solo Arts Heal program provides transformative experiences, education, community outreach and advocacy through stories that celebrate the healing power of the arts.
AnCan is about people helping people, peer-to-peer ….. we are people living with various conditions and situations who help others faced with similar issues. We do this collectively and individually by providing answers, support and navigation to empower people living with serious and chronic conditions to address their worlds. Our non-profit vision is to provide easily accessible, inclusive virtual peer support for every serious disease and condition allowing widespread participation, especially to those geographically, physically or socially disadvantaged.
AnCan currently hosts around 30 monthly video chat virtual meetings for 11 different conditions. We also produce a dozen or so webinars each year. If you are interested in starting a group for your condition, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to sign up for any of our free, drop-in sessions, please visit https://ancan.org .
About the Host
Rick Davis is a serial social entrepreneur with a background in finance and real estate. Back in 2010, he had the vision to make peer support virtual and bring it to those who needed it, rather than them having to seek it out. First proving the concept for prostate cancer, AnCan started with telephone conference calls, innovated video chat groups back in 2015, and now hosts almost 30 monthly groups for various cancers, multiple sclerosis and more. Rick met The Marsh’s Founder, Stephanie Weisman through providing support and navigation to a mutual friend. He and AnCan are thrilled and honored to collaborate with The Marsh on Solo Arts Heal.