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"Telethon!" 2016: Ryan Haddad

Equity in the Arts
Ryan Haddad

"Telethon!" is a virtual, theatrical event taking place on The Lark's blog every Tuesday and Thursday this September, produced by The Apothetae and The Lark to raise awareness and support for The Apothetae and Lark Initiative and Playwriting Fellowship. Each week, The Apothetae and The Lark will publish new videos created by members of the community, inspired by The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, an event that has faced criticism not only for using Disabled people as a fundraising tool, but also for focusing the public's attention on medical cures to "normalize" people with disabilities. The Apothetae and The Lark see this as an opportunity for Disabled artists to begin to reclaim agency and ownership around their stories, images, and bodies.

Hi, Are You Single?

Video Direction and Content Management: Kristjan Thor

Ryan J. Haddad is a playwright and actor from Cleveland, OH. He realized he wanted to be a performer when he'd crawl around on his floor acting out Disney princess movies by himself as a kid. The best advice he's ever been given is "Don't wait for someone else to write material for you.”

We here at “Telethon!” couldn’t agree more, Ryan.

Ryan's solo show
Hi, Are You Single? has been featured at Dixon Place, The Williamstown Theatre Festival and will be showing in Philadelphia, PA on November 12th, as part of the First Person Arts RAW Series.

Thank you for tuning in to "Telethon!" 2016 on The Lark's blog!

The Apothetae and The Lark are eager to launch this new Initiative, and are ready to do so as soon as we have the funds in place! We are currently seeking major supporters to help us make our plans possible. If you are interested in helping us please contact Development Manager, Roni Ferretti at

Check back each week for new content, and get involved by sharing your thoughts in the comments section, or by signing up for The Apothetae and Lark Initiative's dedicated email list to receive updates. To donate, access The Lark's donation form and enter "The Apothetae" under "Notes Regarding Gift."

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