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Porgy and Bess

Porgy’s Long Journey

The story of Porgy and Bess is back on Broadway, and Porgy’s disability is almost lost in the revisions.

Access: Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City is renowned as one of the world’s premier venues for opera and classical music. Thanks to a recent settlement, the center may also become much more wheelchair friendly. On June 27 the center settled a federal lawsuit alleging a lack of compliance with the […]

Michael Patrick Thornton: Finding His Role

Michael Patrick Thornton: Finding His Role

When the lights go up on the first act of Will Eno’s play, Middletown, on the main stage of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater, Michael Patrick Thornton is on stage. He sits in a wheelchair on the streetcorner, wearing a faded red flannel shirt and a dingy baseball cap turned backwards. He nibbles on a hunk […]

Wannabe Gaga

Wannabe Gaga

It all started this past July, when pop star Lady Gaga rolled out onto a Sydney, Australia, stage dressed as a wheelchair-using mermaid named Yuyi. Then, as a treat to fans, she tweeted a loosely-coded message naming a popular gay bar where she’d be after the concert. But later that night, on the way out […]

Portrait of a Pretender

Portrait of a Pretender

When I first heard that there were people out there who pretended to be wheelchair users (called pretenders) and even worse, people who wanted to injure themselves to become actual wheelchair users (called wannabes), I was steamed. I mean, who would want to do such a thing? Their very existence seemed to mock my very […]

SCI Life: The Dancer Within

SCI Life: The Dancer Within

Mia Schaikewitz, 32, wasn’t a professionally trained dancer before her spinal cord injury (caused by an arteriovenous malformation rupture at age 15), but she always loved to dance. And after becoming a T9-10 para, she was not only concerned that dancing was on the chopping block, but also something much more important — her freedom […]

See that guy flirting with Stevens? As a distraction from the California bar exam, she went on a date with him, and then ditched before dinner arrived. "It was the only date I ever left," says Stevens, who has osteogenesis imperfecta.

Unfractured Dreams: A Photo Essay

By Michael Mullady While still a grad student at San Francisco State University four years ago, Bethany Stevens, 30, teamed up with photographer Michael Mullady to capture life as a young woman wheelchair user in the Bay Area. Mullady followed Stevens everywhere, including tagging along on her dates and even to parties. To see the […]

Physically Integrated Dance Comes of Age

Physically Integrated Dance Comes of Age

The last act of the 2008 Sins Invalid performance opened with a dark stage backlit with dusk-blue. To the sound of a pulsing Maori keening chant with techno highlights, wheelchair dancer Rodney Bell slowly lowered down onto the stage via cables. Sometimes dangling upside down, sometimes appearing to somersault, Bell, a T3-6 para, gyrated along […]

Gleeks on Staff

Gleeks on Staff

The Fox channel’s hit show, Glee, follows a high school show choir and features a diverse cast of students ranging from gay to wheelchair user. The musical-comedy veers into satire, and at any time someone might just burst into song. Glee often deals with social issues, only with a soundtrack. But the show is edgy […]

Photos by Christopher Voelker / Voelkerstudio.com

Cityzen Toby

The first thing you’ll probably want to know about Tobias Forrest is where he was raised, whether his childhood was really lousy, how he broke his neck and all that what-doesn’t-kill-you-makes-you-stronger kind of crap. There’s a lot of that. But first, some random coincidences: 1. Toby’s dad, Alan Olsen, who is in fact his uncle, […]