NEW YORK (WLNY) — The new off-Broadway play “My Purple Wig” takes an offbeat look at one woman’s attempts of dealing with terminal cancer.
The creators of the play, Laura Faith and Mary Willis White, started the not-for-profit organization, Heiress Productions, after meeting in acting class and discovering that they both had family histories of cancer.
Faith said her mother passed away from melanoma and her sister is a melanoma survivor.
White’s parents are both cancer survivors.
The organization raises cancer awareness and funds through “entertaining and inspirational” theater productions.
Faith and White say “My Purple Wig” is about learning to live when you’re supposed to be dying.
“The play looks at the middle — we don’t want to look at the diagnosis, we don’t want to see the end of someone’s life,” Faith said. “But how do you live when the end of your life is sort of hanging over your head? You have to keep doing the daily activities because you have a family, you have a home, you have work. So how do you live in that in-between place.”
“You really have to get through the moments, it’s not always about the heaviness, it’s really about relating to each other and living,” White said.
“My Purple Wig” is at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row on West 42nd Street between Ninth and Tenth avenues.
Performances are happening now through Nov. 24.
A percentage of the proceeds from the show will go to Uniting Against Lung Cancer.
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