To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26th, our friends at Howlround recently ran a great series of articles focusing on issues of accessibility and visibility in theatre. With our productions of Medea by Dario D'Ambrosi/Teatro Patologico (from Italy) and The Elephant in Every Room I Enter by Gardner Comfort we wanted to share these important articles.
Ruth Zamoyta of New Jersey Theatre Alliance describes obstacles to theatre attendance faced by patrons with disabilities, and some programs in New Jersey that are working to overcome them.
Spencer Shannon on Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker, produced by Boston's Company One Theatre.
Scholar Eli Van Sickel examines the casting of able-bodied performers to play disabled characters through the performances of Bradley Cooper, Daniel Radcliffe, and Kevin Spacey.