Funny as a Crutch

  • October 11 - 20, 2024
  • The People's Building

    9995 East Colfax Avenue
    Aurora, Colorado 80010
Ticket Price $20.00-$25.00 Buy Tickets
Description

Saturday Night Live meets disability in a series of laugh-out-loud sketches.

Funny As A Crutch

By Rich Orloff
Directed By Gregg Vigil

The People’s Building
9995 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010

October 11th – 20th, 2024

Start with a rich base of traditional sketch comedy. Add in a dash of disability justice and sprinkle in a good amount of inclusion. Bake it at 350 degrees with a bunch of sardonic wit and voila: you have Funny as a Crutch. Ten vibrant short plays tell stories such as the first two disabled folks landing on Plymouth Rock, a disabled woman being picked up for her first one-night stand, a young man who can’t understand why his prosthetic leg isn’t allowed in the army, to a modern take on a classic fairy tale – Cripperella. This laugh-out-loud comedy skewers stereotypes, picks apart prejudices, and attacks assumptions about disability – from both outside and inside the community.

 

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON OCTOBER 19, 2024 2:00PM PERFORMANCE
  • Captions available at all performances
  • Audio Description is available on October 13, 2024 or by request for any performance with 2 weeks advance notice by emailing info@phamaly.org for any other dates.
  • American Sign Language Interpretation is available on October 13, 2024 or by request for any performance with 2 weeks advance notice by emailing info@phamaly.org for any other dates.
  • Assisted listening devices (limited supply first come first serve)
  • Wheelchair Accessible Seating
  • Low sensory quiet spaces: Available at all performances
  • Accessibility Materials: Braille programs, Sensory Guide, Accessibility Guide, Fidgets, etc.
Date & Time

Oct 11 - 20, 2024

Venue Details

The People's Building

9995 East Colfax Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80010 The People's Building
Phamaly Theatre Company

Our Mission

Phamaly Theatre Company's mission is to be a creative home for theatre artists with disabilities; to model a disability-affirmative theatrical process; and to upend conventional narratives by transforming individuals, audiences, and the world.

Our Vision

Phamaly Theatre Company strives to create a world in which disability and the differences within the human condition are celebrated and the theatre experience is accessible and welcoming to all.

About the Company: Then

In 1989, PHAMALy (Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League) was founded by five students from the Boettcher School in Denver, all living with disabilities, who had grown frustrated with the lack of theatrical opportunities for people living with disabilities. In 1990 PHAMALy produced its first show - Guys and Dolls.

PHAMALy's founders were ahead of their time in building an inclusive organization that directly served disenfranchised individuals with disabilities from all racial, ethnic, gender, and class identities. Throughout its history, Phamaly has maintained its dedication to this principle of inclusion while creating innovative reinventions of established works.

About the Company: Now

Today, the organization has changed its name to Phamaly Theatre Company (PTC), but its dedication to exclusively featuring actors with disabilities continues. At every performance, you will see actors with all nature of disabilities: physical, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional. PTC gives actors a supportive space to explore and develop their craft, empowers artists within their disability identity, educates the community about access and inclusion, and entertains audiences with high-quality, award winning theatre.


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