There’s an assumption in the theatre—and perhaps in every endeavor—that all players proceed from the same starting point; that the field is level; and the pack, with identical needs, travels at a single pace. But there are challenges—some obvious; others, less so—when a writer is differently abled.
Case in point: writers generally network and gain visibility as fellows or residents. But writers with disabilities may not be physically or energetically able to take advantage of such opportunities, limiting their access to important relationships and experiences that can lead to work and commissions.
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