Funny as a Crutch

Author: Rich Orloff

Funny as a Crutch

Description: A collection of nine acclaimed short comedies which skewer stereotypes, archetypes, prejudices and assumptions both towards and within the disabled community. Beginning with the unlikely story of the first disabled settlers at Plymouth Rock and ending with the fractured fairy tale of Cripperella, Funny as a Crutch finds humor in everything from representations of the disabled in popular culture to the challenges of personal relationships.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 9/5/2012
Content Advisory: A few sexual references and an occasional bad pun
1 Act, 75 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males

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Keywords: Comedy · Satire/Parody

Original Production Information

Funny as a Crutch was produced by the Foolish Theatre Company at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, New York City, on November 3, 2008, with the following ensemble:

Mary Theresa Archbold
Shannon DeVido
Stephen Jutras
Gregg Mozgala
Frank Senger

Each actor played multiple roles, of characters both with and without disabilities.

Director: Jeffrey C. Wolf
Scenic Design: Craig Napoliello
Lighting Design: David Sexton
Costume Design: Anne E. Grosz
Puppet Design: Barry Weil
Sound Design: Jeffrey C. Wolf
Choreographer: Lisa Harvie

Stage Manager: Emilee Buchheit
Assistant Costume Design: Cynthia P. Johnson
Music Arranger: Robert Rokicki
Company Manager: Christopher Imbrosicano
Technical Director: Courtney Drakos

"Nellie's Song" music and lyrics by Rich Orloff (with apologies to Bronislau Kaper & Helen Deutsch).
"Your Own Kind of Dance" music and lyrics by Rich Orloff.

Funny as a Crutch was developed by the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped (Rick Curry, S.J., Artistic Director and John Spalla, Dean) and by the WorkShop Theater Company (Timothy Scott Harris, Artistic Director and David Pincus, Managing Director). Special thanks to Christine Bruno, disability advocate at Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, for her help with the production.