After celebrating opening night March 9, the world premiere of Ryan J. Haddad's autobiographical play Dark Disabled Stories has extended its Off-Broadway run at The Public Theater, where it will now stay through April 2. The production was initially slated to complete its run March 26. Read reviews for the new work here.
Get a look at the cast and creative team celebrating opening night below:
Haddad leads the cast, sharing the stage with Dickie Hearts (Tales of the City) and Alejandra Ospina (Great Race Through Time and Space!). Jordan Fein directs.
The work, which serves as Haddad's Off-Broadway playwriting debut, is described as a "series of unforgiving vignettes" about the strangers Haddad encounters in a world not built for his disability.
Great lengths are being taken to ensure the production is as accessible as possible to audience members with disabilities. All performances feature open captioning, ASL, and audio descriptions integrated into the performance rather than relegated to special evenings. The Public has also expanded wheelchair and mobility access.
The production features scenic and costume design by dots, lighting design by Oona Curley, sound design by Kathy Ruvuna, and video design by Kameron Neal. Andrew Morrill serves as director of artistic sign language, with Alison Kopit as access dramaturg. The production stage manager is Melanie Lisby with Miriam Rochford serving as interpreter coordinator and stage manager. Peter Royston is stage manager.
Haddad previously developed his solo play Hi, Are You Single? as part of the Public's 2017 Under the Radar: INCOMING! series, and the work later played D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He recently appeared in New York Theatre Workshop's american (tele)visions and The Watering Hole at Signature Theatre. He's been seen on screen in The Politician and Retreat.