Monday, April 6, 2009

More Life for Funny as a Crutch

Today's Good News comes to us from playwright Rich Orloff:

Columbia University will present a 45-minute version of my comedy Funny as a Crutch at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, in conjunction with their "Disability and Humor" seminar.

Originally a hit evening of nine sketches exploring the concept of disability, the Foolish Theatre Company has now created a five-sketch "easy to travel" version, featuring the five wonderful actors who received rave reviews when we produced the play last fall.

If you know of any organizations in the New York area which would be interested in presenting the show for one or more performances, we're open to suggestion. If you have any connections to companies that book shows like this, we're open to suggestions about that, too! (This is all rather new for us.)

I love Rich's innovative approach to getting indie theater in front of more and more people. I reviewed Funny as a Crutch when it opened last fall in its full-length version and it's a terrific piece that provides great opportunities for actors with disabilities and challenges the assumptions of the rest of us.

Incidentally, I ran into Rich tonight at Crystal Skillman's lovely new play Birthday -- I mention this because it's indicative of how community-minded Rich is.

Learn more about this and other Orloff work at his official website:

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