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 took the audience on that trek this weekend by combining 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 was 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! Nearly 800 attended the three performances at Dover High School this past weekend. Congratulations to the cast and crew of this wonderful musical adventure!