Sam is still Dancing: The Actual Dances returns to the Assoc. of Performing Arts Professionals Conference

the actual dance

for the second year


Showcase Title: The Actual Dance — A Preview Performance
Artist: Samuel A Simon; Eli Zoller
The Actual Dance is a joyful and enchanting experience of healing, love and inspiration. An award winning play about the transforming power of a husband’s love through his wife’s illness, written and performed by Samuel A. Simon. The Actual Dance is “proof that life is indeed beautiful.” (Manhattan Digest) It has been compared to “Love Story” and “WIT,” except it has a surprise happy ending.
Booth: Americas Hall I – 521
1/15/2016 8:40 PM (20 mins)
1/17/2016 5:30 PM (15 mins)
1/17/2016 7:50 PM (15 mins)

The Actual Dance was first performed in January of 2013 and has since enjoyed over 80 engagements. Sam and The Actual Dance have appeared venues as diverse as an off-Broadway theater run, the Johns Hopkins Department of Spirituality and Chaplaincy in Baltimore, the 92nd Street Y in New York as part of the Gratitude and Trust Summit, on Wall Street at EmblemHealth Corporate Headquarters, 1st Stage in Tysons Virginia as the summer featured program, as well as at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, ArtsMidwest and ArtsMarket conferences.

A Hot Ticket Just Got Hotter!

Samuel A. Simon announced that his inspiring play The Actual Dance is now represented by Producers, Inc., a full service entertainment booking agency started in 1980 specializing in Popular, Big Band, and Nostalgia. A special division of the agency specializes in “Theater for Intimate Spaces,”representing noted artists and shows such as Mark Russell, The Capitol Steps, now includes Sam and The Actual Dance

The Actual Story

It was about 15 years ago when Sam and Susan’s lives were turned upside-down, yet just 3 years since Sam began to share this incredible love story with the world. “The words were always inside of me, and it took the encouragement of my artistic community to begin writing and then the words just poured out of me as if they were always meant to be on paper,” is how Simon puts it. He has become a clarion voice for the universal journey of the “caregiver.” Standing-up and telling what it is like to walk with a loved one through the cycles of a devastating disease. Susan and Sam are still fighting the good fight many years later, but The Actual Dance has made a difference in the lives of so many who were lucky enough to see the play that the couple agreed the story should continue to be told. The Actual Dance is now taking its place in the annals of theatrical works like WIT and Love Story. The Actual Dance: A Rare Male Voice in the World of Breast Cancer.

The Poughkeepsie Journal put it best:
“The man on stage seems to be speaking to each of us individually.”
Patrick Hickey interviews Sam