Nothing Sheltered About It
The amazing work David DeSanctis did in Where Hope Grows should be appreciated. If nothing else, it's a great job if you can get it!
Everyone knows Chris for Life Goes On, I'm sure there are many fans who still call him Corky, but did you know he also made a guest appearance on E.R. ?
Expect The Unexpected
The first time we see Jean in this episode, she's sitting at a table talking to her sister.
Sue: I never really understood how hard it is to be laughed at, particularly in slow motion. I try to make it seem like nothing can touch me, but boy. Jean I’m so sorry you ever felt that way. I’m sorry I didn’t protect you more.
Jean: Remember what we used to do Sue? Whenever I got sad we helped at the animal shelter to give back.
Sue: Because there’s always someone who’s got it worse than you do.
Sue: After all these years, how is it that you still know so much more about everything than I do?
Jean: I’m the smart one!
Unfortunately, it's been reported that Robin was written out of the show because of advanced Alzheimer's disease after appearing in only four episodes.
Jamie Brewer's part as Adelaide on American Horror Story - Coven is anything but typical. Still, we see a familiar theme in Episode 4 - Halloween: Part 1 [(26 Oct. 2011) Director: David Semel Writer: James Wong].
Addie knows what she wants to be for Halloween: "Make me a pretty girl, like you Violet."
One of my all time favorite stories is this one starring Luke Zimmerman - Tom Bowman on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. He had a frequently recurring part, appearing in 90 episodes over 5 seasons. In this series of clips from Season 1, Episode 9 “Slice of Life” [Aug 26, 2008] Tom cooks up a little mischief.
There are several ways to look at this story line. Do you see stereotypes? Is the moral of the story too obvious? Did you laugh? Did it remind you of someone?
The Show Goes On
Short films are another promising venue for actors with disabilities. Festivals, like Sprout are becoming more popular. One short film that tackles pre-concieved notions is The Interviewer staring Gerard Odwyer.
The Interviewer challenges assumptions, even those sometimes made by parents of people with Down syndrome.
I'll leave you with two final thoughts:
Did anyone notice the lack of diversity in the actors who are getting recognized?
While these artists are considered professionals, at the top of the Ds celebrity chain, those of us at The Road believe they represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to talent in our community.If your loved one has caught the acting bug, please consider joining us for the Ds Road Show. The whole purpose of this three day virtual event is to showcase talent and celebrate creativity. You never know when the next star might be discovered! We're also looking for volunteers and sponsors to help us create a spectacular event to kick of National Down Syndrome Month in October. Email us to help support The Show.
That's a wrap!