My friend Rick Hodges is performing the world premiere of his monologue called The ‘R’ Word this Saturday at the Capital Fringe Festival and yours truly is the “stage manager.” I think that means I turn on the lights and take the tickets or something.
The ‘R’ Word is about Rick’s experiences with his daughter Audrey who has Down Syndrome. He reflects on the use of this term as a pejorative when it originally began as a medical term. It’s very funny but also poignant. Basically, Rick wishes people would use the term for people who are actually retarded rather than using it as a term of derision for people who are not retarded because the fallout is that it makes us feel really hostile and negative towards people who actually have developmental disorders. Sounds very serious, but believe me you’ll laugh out loud.
Click here for tix and details. It opens this Saturday, July 21 and runs for the next ten days at the Warehouse Theatre on 7th St. NW, in Washington D.C., across the street from the convention center. The Theatre does have a bar. It’s been a while since I’ve been there but I recall them at least having Sierra Nevada.