Public Reading of "A Fierce Kind of Love," a New Play by Suli Holum, Directed by David Bradley

February 2013
Updated March 2015

GRAPHIC: Visionary Voices Performs invitation, March 18

On March 18, 2013, The Institute on Disabilities hosted a reading of "A Fierce Kind of Love," a play in progress on Monday, March 18, in the Christ Church Neighborhood House, in Philadelphia. In this first public showing of this collaboration with playwright Suli Holum and director David Bradley, the public heard performers read the script and were invited to participate in a post-reading discussion with the director, playwright, cast members and others to talk about the play, its themes and its ongoing development.

"A Fierce Kind of Love" was inspired and, in part, based on stories collected for the Institute's Visionary Voices project. Visionary Voices collects video interviews and the historic papers of individuals who played a significant role in the Intellectual Disabilities movement in Pennsylvania. In the 1950's, parents were pressured to institutionalize their children with disabilities and those who kept their children at home often experienced isolation. But a generation of parents, particularly mothers, demanded more for their children and for themselves. A "Fierce Kind of Love," funded by a grant from the Heritage Philadelphia Program, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, tells the story of these accidental warriors, their children, and the generations who followed them. It's the story of a demanding journey that continues today.

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