Addy & Uno: A Disability Musical
Theater and entertainment website Playbill recently reported on a new musical coming to New York City: Addy & Uno. The production was adapted from Dr. Nava R. Silton’s comic book series Realabilities., which have been used to educate children about their peers with disabilities. Preparing children for encounters with disability is something that all parents should do, and Addy & Uno will serve as a new tool for exposing kids to disability at a young age.
The characters come alive as puppets on stage and each introduces the audience to a different type of disability.
“Addy has ADHD, but the show focuses on her adventurous nature; Uno has autism, but the story emphasizes his love of math; Melody has visual impairment but musical talent and perfect pitch; Seemore is hearing impaired, but the script focuses on a love story between him and a new student at school; and RJ uses a wheelchair, but the book focuses on his love of sports and science.”
In considering the difficulty of representing disability correctly, Dr. Silton said, “What this [show] brings out is one portrayal but there are strengths and real abilities in each person.” She added, “It’s up to us to be investigators to find those special strengths.”
The show will run from September 2 to September 24, 2017 at the 14th Street Y in New York City. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the 14th Street Y website.