UC Theater Raises Awareness of Disabilities in Touching, Humorous Play

Visiting faculty Neill Hartley is directing the play, “Funny as a Crutch,” by Rich Orloff Nov. 2 through Nov.5 in the Black Box Studio Theater in The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens. For more information and ticket reservations please call: 610-409-3795.

Funny as a Crutch is a series of funny and touching comedy sketches which skewer stereotypes, archetypes, prejudices and assumptions both towards and within the disabled community. It’s about people with disabilities trying to make their way through their world, despite the attitudes of others. Beginning with the unlikely story of the first disabled settlers at Plymouth Rock and ending with the fractured fairy tale,“Cripperella,” Funny as a Crutch looks at issues that much of the public seems to ignore and brings them to the forefront in a way that raises the consciousness of the audience as well.

The New York Times noted the “unpredictable script fends off pity and preachiness with a daffy sense of humor.” Playwright Orloff has written 13 full length plays, and more than 15 short plays and one-act collections.