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solo performer

William J. Doan

Drifting, a play

My youngest sister was in a car accident and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Two years later our family had to make the decision to withdraw her from life support and let her go…

My Anxiety



Both a graphic narrative and a performance project, “My Anxiety” serves up drawings, stories, and an adventure into the many ways I’ve developed to live with my anxiety, and to embrace it as my companion.


Drawing brings me intensely into the present moment. I hope viewers will be moved by some shared sense of what it means to be human – to experience grief, anxiety, pain, joy, happiness – those moments that remind us we are alive.


I’m the co-author of three books and the sole author of multiple articles and plays. My solo performances include Why I’m Not a Redneck Badass, Requiem For My Boyhood, and Confessions of a Class Straddler. My current projects, Drifting and My Anxiety: A Work in Progress, both began at Dixon Place Theatre in NYC, and both have generated graphic narrative as well as performance material. I perform with drawings from these projects as a way of exploring multiple forms. My graphic narrative work has appeared multiple times in The Annals of Internal Medicine/Graphic Medicine.