Gahanna Lincoln High School alumnus Alex Kip will produce My Other Voice, a play based on his experience and triumph as a young cancer survivor, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, at the high school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Gahanna Lincoln High School alumnus Alex Kip will produce My Other Voice, a play based on his experience and triumph as a young cancer survivor, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, at the high school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

"It means so much for me to bring this piece back to the community where it all began," said Kip, who currently resides in New York City. "The community in Columbus was the strength behind my battle, and without them I would have had an incredibly different experience."

Kip was a senior studying musical theater at the University of Michigan when he discovered that cancer was affecting his vocal chords.

During the months of treatment that followed, he first lost his voice and then learned he had a 15- to 30-percent chance of survival.

My Other Voice is the inspiring story of his recovery and of the surprising discoveries he made along the way.

"Putting this piece up in the community is our way of giving the middle finger to this disease and celebrating together through a cathartic outlet," Kip told ThisWeek. "Involving the people who were there for the struggle inspires me to keep writing as a way to thank them for everything they did."

My Other Voice will feature many Lincoln alumni, faculty, current students and working professionals.

Kip is bringing the show to Columbus with New York City director Ari Laura Kreith as a way to reach out to the local community where the story is based and as a way to work on the show before taking it back to NYC.

"I'm also working closely with Pelotonia on this event, as part of the proceeds will be going back to them and the Gahanna Lincoln theater's program," he said.

Gahanna Lincoln drama director Cindi Macioce will portray Kip's mother, Cindy Kip, in the premiere.

"I am so honored that he asked me to play his mom," Macioce said. "I am looking forward to the challenge. My goal as an actor will be to serve the show and work to find the truth as the story unfolds."

Macioce said Kip, a 2006 Gahanna Lincoln graduate, was the most focused and driven student she has ever had the pleasure to teach. In a recommendation she wrote when he was applying to college, she said, "Alex is a pursuer of a dream."

"I think we all need to witness My Other Voice as much as Alex needed to write it," Macioce said. "It is his personal fight, but he also takes up the cause for all those who have fought and are still fighting, the effects of this horrible disease.

"Being involved in this show, either backstage, onstage or as an audience member, will allow everyone a chance to honor those still fighting this important battle."

My Other Voice stars Kip and Ashley Park, both cancer survivors, along with Macioce, Jeremy Lahman, Dennis Kohler, Ryan Kay, Haley Bockrath, Jenna Petardi, Patrick Schaefer, Audrey Rice, Erin Scott, Sana Selemon, Morrisa Cohen, Sarah Kahler, Sydney Smith, Daniel Stemen, Jalen Carter, Cody Troyan, Robbie Hayes, Danny Radomski, Christian Schaefer, Chris Wagner and Jacob Lisek.

Kip began writing the play while acting in New York. After three developmental readings in NYC, Kip decided he was ready to do a more in-depth workshop in preparation for a public reading in NYC.

Tickets cost $15. All proceeds will benefit the development of My Other Voice and the Gahanna Lincoln theater program.

For additional ticket information, visit akipprod.com or call 614-832-8304. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, a short preview performance will benefit Pelotonia.

Alex Kip, a 2006 Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate and a cancer survivor, will premiere his play, My Other Voice, at the high school Aug. 3 and 4.