(note that the play has changed.) FDR’s role as a model for persons with disabilities has been debated for more than 60 years. He lost use of his legs to polio at age 39 and led the nation through the great depression of the 1930s and World War II from his wheelchair. But he prohibited photos of himself in a wheelchair or being lifted from his special train car.
The interactive monologue invites the audience to talk with the “President,” focusing on FDR’s personal challenges and family life as well as his political campaigns and four terms as president. FDR shares stories of his family, his presidency, his humor and wit, and his disability.
The Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre raises awareness of disability issues and discrimination in our society through dramatizations of real-life and fictionalized experiences, telling the stories of persons with physical, developmental and mental disabilities, and others discriminated against based on race, and ethnic origin. Our goal is to help reduce prejudice and stigma through theater. Learn more about HGGT, visit hggtheatre.com.