Monthly Archives April 2016

Richard III History in the Making

By Debbie Patterson Shakespeare in the Ruins’ upcoming production (June 1-25) of Richard III will be the first spring show I’ve performed in since Merchant of Venice in 2007. Some of you may know that my absence has been a result of my impaired mobility due to multiple sclerosis. Actors with disabilities are rarely seen on professional stages or in movies. Indeed, “cripping up” is often regarded as a good strategy for able-bodied actors seeking accolades. (Dustin Hoffman in Rainman, Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything: all Oscar winners.) The beliefs and attitudes
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