The ‘R’ Word

The ‘R’ WordNo, not Real Ale. The ‘R’ word is “retard.”

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.


4 Responses to The ‘R’ Word

  1. Love the picture of Audrey, she looks like a Mini-She Hulk 🙂

  2. beeractivist says:

    Mini-She Hulk – I love it!

  3. John says:

    Sorry I could not attend; as the father of a 15 year old DD son with 20 year old daughter who fiercely fights the use of the R-word, I’d love to have been able to arrange to see it. If the playwright ever gets the chance, he should consider putting it on YouTube

  4. beeractivist says:

    John – thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’ll pass your thoughts on to Rick. By the way, his last performance is tonight at 7pm so you still have a chance!


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