Your employees might want to get to know Evan Handler.
Ten years ago, Handler had the world by the tail. At age 24, he had just finished a successful stint in the Broadway production of Biloxi Blues and was preparing for a national tour of the Neil Simon comedy. But he wasn't feeling up to snuff and decided to visit the doctor. The diagnosis: acute myeloid leukemia.
Thus began a savvy, resilient young man's four-year odyssey through the healthcare system.
His experiences overcoming two bouts of the disease and a bone marrow transplant are the subject of "Time on Fire," a warts-and-all monologue of the patient experience. He performed the two-hour "raucous romp through hell" at a Picker Institute conference before hundreds of healthcare professionals.
It's a powerful, moving dramatic experience that touches all the emotions. I was left feeling uncomfortable in knowing that some physicians, hospital staff members and medical policies can be so inhuman. But Handler also identified the healthcare heroes who helped him cope during the ordeal.
Handler also has performed "Time on Fire" in Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York. If you manage a health system, big hospital or healthcare association, you may want to call Handler's agent, Betsy Berg, at 212-586-5100. Berg could help you book the monologue for your next major meeting. The cost is $5,000.