Ali Stroker took the stage by storm at the 73rd annual Tony Awards not just once, but twice. First, she brought the house down as Ado Annie from the modern revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” A short time later, she made history when she returned to the stage to collect her Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role in a Musical. Stroker is the first Broadway performer who uses a wheelchair to earn a nomination and win a Tony.
The Colorado-based Phamaly Theatre Company has burnished its artistic reputation by selecting shows that resonate — intellectually and emotionally — with the many facets of disability. Cast entirely with performers who live with disabilities, the shows engage questions of possibility and perseverance as well as marginalization and discrimination.
Just as vitally, they take theater seriously, they entertain. Although it has expanded its yearly offerings, the company continues to produce a winter play and a summer musical. Even a musical as non-taxing and agreeable as its current one, “Annie,” offers fresh and telling insights.
Micah Fowler, the star of Speechless, is just your average almost-famous high school senior with a disability rights mission.
Shortly before his high school prom, actor Micah Fowler found out ABC had picked up Speechless, the sitcom in which he stars as a nonverbal teen in a family of five. Weeks later, the 18-year-old New Jersey native moved to Los Angeles with his mother to start shooting and he’s had to make some personal sacrifices for this gig: He is missing much of his sled hockey season and much of his senior year (though he still plans to graduate with his class in the spring); plus, the somewhat social media–averse teen has joined both Twitter and Instagram to promote the show.
(WJBK) – A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he’ll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he’s working to prove doctors wrong.
Vince Rutley was newly engaged, learning to act and had just started standup comedy. Then, one day, his brother had car trouble on northbound I-75 near M-59. As Rutley was pulling over to help jumpstart the battery, he was hit by a truck.
He says he was tossed around inside his vehicle and his head was busted open – but his neck snapping is what did the most damage to his body.