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“The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Becky”

The DisAbility Project celebrates its fifteenth year in 2010. This year also marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Mark Twain’s death.

To mark these milestones and to offer the ensemble and its audience an exciting new challenge, the Project has created its first through-line play, “The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Becky.” (more...)

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The DisAbility Project celebrates its fifteenth year in 2010. This year also marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Mark Twain’s death.

To mark these milestones and to offer the ensemble and its audience an exciting new challenge, the Project has created its first through-line play, “The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Becky.”

The play is part of the Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts initiative designed to foster literacy and to promote America’s rich literary heritage. This year’s focus is on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Working through Cultural Festivals, the DisAbility Project decided to dramatize Twain’s novel to make sure that people with disabilities had a presence in the Big Read’s programming.

“We see an opportunity here to use this literary gem to broaden current perspectives on disability culture and to encourage the creativity of artists with disabilities,” says Joan Lipkin, artistic director and playwright.

“The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Becky” is inspired by the spirit of Tom Sawyer and incorporates some of the book’s most memorable scenes. For perhaps the first time ever, however, the classic work is interpreted through the lens of disability. Actors with disabilities make up most of the cast, including the three title roles.

The play encourages us to reconsider the concept of adventure and to celebrate the desire for excitement and freedom that we all share. As one character says, “Adventure?! Try riding the MetroLink when you’re in a wheelchair. Now that’s an adventure!”

In addition to exploring disability issues, “The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Becky” also addresses gender roles. Becky is portrayed as an independent and resourceful girl whose dreams don't always match what other people expect of her.

“The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Becky” includes a number of original songs written by St. Louis area folk musicians Steve Givens and Mike Hall.

The play was written and directed by Lipkin and Associate Director Aarya Sara Locker. J.T. Ricroft choreographed the show, and Felicia Scott provided vocal coaching.

The half-hour production is fast-paced, high-energy, and well-suited for audiences of all ages. All performances are followed by a question-and-answer period with the cast.

Please contact That Uppity Theatre Company for information about staging opportunities.

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