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Playing By Air Fuses Art, Cancer Awareness

Show on July 17-18 Directed By Juggleville Founder

July 1, 2010

Playing By Air

Vanderbilt’s REACH for Survivorship Program and the Office of Patient and Community Education are among more than 20 cancer-related organizations who will participate in an innovative event July 17-18 that fuses arts, entertainment, and cancer awareness.

Nashville-based Playing By Air, a variety arts troupe, will premiere its self-titled production, Playing By Air, at the Nashville Children’s Theatre. Playing By Air features juggling, music, and physical comedy in an adventure of unconventional musicians who find unexpected joy from the everyday objects they discover. Directed by the founder of the popular Juggleville shows, this event offers the community a much-needed opportunity to join together through an experience filled with laughter and inspiring feats of skill.

Local cancer non-profit organizations are invited to participate in this event in order to honor their members and to increase public awareness of their programs and services. Cancer awareness and prevention are central to Playing By Air’s mission, and the performers frequently entertain and hold workshops for cancer support groups. Past performances have been described by cancer survivors as “tremendously inspiring, impressive, and amusing” and “a gift of laughter and joy.”

“This production truly is a community-wide collaboration, featuring local artists, supported by local organizations, and celebrating local cancer survivors and families” said Jacob Weiss, director of Playing By Air. “It represents the power of collaboration between the arts and medicine, between corporate and non-profit partners, and is an opportunity to highlight Nashville as a national leader in both entertainment and health care.”

While completing his PhD at Vanderbilt University, Weiss worked closely with local organizations offering cancer support and prevention programs in Middle Tennessee, and he found that many people in the local community are not aware of these resources or how to take advantage of them. Through Playing By Air programs and guest appearances throughout the year, Weiss hopes to increase awareness of these groups to new audiences in the community.

Individuals and organizations dedicated to cancer care, support, and prevention are encouraged to contact Playing By Air to learn more about opportunities to get involved in this effort. Information for partners and sponsors is available at online and by phone at 888-584-4532.

Playing By Air will be at the Nashville Children’s Theatre on Saturday, July 17 at 7:00 pm and Sunday July 18 at 2:00 pm. Both performances are open to the public. Tickets are $10 general admission and ticketing information will be available in June on the Playing By Air Cares web site.

About Playing By Air Productions
Playing By Air Productions offers full-length stage productions, variety acts, as well as high-energy, creative entertainment for corporate meetings and special events nationwide. Playing By Air also uses juggling and variety entertainment to support community arts and health initiatives; in particular, the cancer community through its Playing By Air Cares and Catch It Early programs.