It was great chatting with Wendy Strauss, Executive Director of the Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC) about the organization as well as "Boundless" the Musical coming up this weekend in Dover! In case you missed it, listen to the interview in full above. Below is more information on the show itself and the link for tickets - which are FREE!
DOVER, DE – Who would have thought that a march of advocates from Philadelphia to DC would end up choreographed into a theatrical production? In 2003, 200 people with disabilities and their advocates marched from Philadelphia to Wilmington, through central Delaware, west to Baltimore and finally to the U.S. Capitol – to demand their rights as citizens, to be full members of their communities, and to end the practice of shutting people away in facilities. During the 2-week journey, they blocked traffic for 144 miles and camped along the way.
Boundless takes the audience on the trek and combines the recollected stories of Delawareans with disabilities and the sometimes-difficult history of our Nation’s struggle to ensure dignity and justice for all. Theater allows us to ponder and celebrate the intricacies of our shared humanity through campfire stories of hardship, resilience and celebration.
The cast of thirty is composed of people from the Delaware disability community and supporters ages 6 to 70. Everyone should know that people with disabilities can and should be supported by all of us and be part of the intricate fabric of our communities. Many people without disabilities are discovering that every one of us faces challenges in life – and that we each have moments of brilliance. One of the lines in the show reads, “If you’re fortunate to live a long life, you WILL experience disability…up close and personal!” We’re all in the same boat – and we need each other. We are interdependent!
Sign language interpreters and CART services will be available at each performance.
Boundless a musical journey will be performed Friday, October 19 at 7pm and October 20 at Noon & 5pm in the theater at Dover High School located on 1 Dover High Drive, in Dover, Delaware. Tickets to the incredible event are FREE and should be obtained in advance for seating at https://boundlessmusical.eventbrite.com. For additional information call 302-739-4553. Commissioned by the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC).
Boundless is dedicated to Jamie Wolfe for her unwavering advocacy for individuals with disabilities.