Lloyd Suh, Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark, and Gregg Mozgala, Founder & Artistic Director of The Apothetae
“Telethon!” is produced by The Apothetae and The Lark to raise awareness and support for the The Apothetae and Lark Initative, which includes The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship. "Telethon!", a virtual, theatrical event, will take place throughout the month of September, and will consist of regular posts on The Lark’s blog. 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. This annual broadcast, held from 1966 until 2010, was hosted by actor/comedian Jerry Lewis to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The event 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 instead of addressing issues like providing accessible buildings, transportation, and employment opportunities. The MDA Telethon is an important part of Disability History in the 20th and early 21st Century United States. 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. Participants include Ryan Haddad, David Harrell, Anita Hollander, Gregg Mozgala, Evan Ruggerio, Pamela Sabaugh, Lloyd Suh, and Jessica Yates.