Theater changes lives. Had I heard that when I was a 14 year-old baseball player, I would have quickly disregarded it and continued working on improving my change-up. However, in the last 6 years, my life has been turned upside down. I went from being a kid trying out for the high school baseball team to a college student opening a musical in New York City. One night in late 2015, my dad approached me with the “crazy dream” he had. Unknowingly to me, for many years he had dreamt of writing a musical set in the ER. As he spent night after night in the ER working the graveyard shift, he began to envision songs, dances, and storylines. However, even as his vision became stronger, he still always considered his idea to be a pipedream, as he didn’t know how to play any instruments. Though I knew he had a “scientific” side, I didn’t know he also always had a creative side. He was the singer in a band in high school and loved writing music with his bandmates. As career and family took the forefront, his creative side all but faded away. It wasn’t until I quit baseball and started writing music that I saw this side of him that had been hidden for so long. The night we started writing Emergency was the night both of our lives changed. Over the next several months, we worked together making up characters’ names writing storylines, singing melodies, and recording tracks in my bedroom. We laughed until we cried, we talked until we fell asleep, and we sang until our voices were hoarse. Quickly the void we had experienced from my quitting baseball had been filled by our new musical. After completing re-writes, readings, and more re-writes, we decided we needed professional guidance. Our first google search, “how to produce a musical” yielded the response, “Don’t even bother.” But we kept searching, and ultimately we stumbled upon Ken Davenport’s website. We contacted Ken and arranged a script consultation, and with nervous hearts and shaking fingers we logged onto Skype that day in September. When Ken started the conversation by saying, “The music is fantastic,” our hearts nearly stopped. Though we had no idea how to proceed or what to do, we knew we needed to get Emergency on stage. Since that day, we have continued to work tirelessly on our show. We have staged 2 full productions, including a run in New York City, both to outstanding reviews. We are continuing to push forward, determined to get our show to the people for whom it was written. And now, as a 20 year-old theater major in college, I agree that theater changes lives. It changes the lives of the 40 people who were employed by our show- the actors, directors, stage managers, music directors, choreographers, costume and prop designers, and set designers who all work two or three jobs just to afford the chance to live their dreams. It changes the lives of the audience members who are moved to tears by what they see on stage. And it changes the lives of a father and son who find themselves chasing a dream. Please support Emergency and our journey. Thank you so much!