Pic courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Something special is going on at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Running through November 27th, the theater is showing the “Center of the Margins Festival” focusing on disability issues. The festival contains three plays, one each involving characters with cerebral palsy, deafness, and autism. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune gave the festival a mostly positive review, and it’s great to see artists with a vision wide enough to explore topics concerning disability. It’s even greater, though, that they casted actors with disabilities to play the characters. As cool as it is when shows like Glee show a student in a wheelchair, it’s all too common to fill roles like Artie Abrams with actors without disabilities like Kevin McHale, thereby further curtailing that already limited pool of roles for actors with disabilities.
I haven’t seen the plays so I can’t make any judgments about the insight and sensitivity they demonstrate, but from what I’ve read, it sounds like a good show. If you’re in Minneapolis, grab some tickets, see the show, and let us know how it goes!