A Fierce Kind of Love, a project of Visionary Voices
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

New performance dates in 2019!

A Fierce Kind of Love.

actors laughing together in rehearsal

A Fierce Kind of Love is a collage of stories—large and intimate—of Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. A Fierce Kind of Love uses word, movement and song to examine this remarkable (and largely untold) history and celebrate the struggle, activism and fierce love that fuels the desire for dignity. For anyone who has ever wanted to be accepted, be heard, or be loved for who they are.

A Fierce Kind of Love is performed by a mixed ability cast.

Written by Suli Holum
Directed by David Bradley

Sound Design and Original Music by Christopher Colucci
Choreography by Nichole Canuso
Set Design by Colin McIlvaine
Lighting Design by Lily Fossner
Costumes by Rosemarie McKelvey
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Just Announced

A Fierce Kind of Love will be the premiere event of the inaugural FringeArts series "High Pressure Fire Service," at the FringeArts Historic building on Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia, PA.

Performance dates: March 1 - 3, 2019.

We need YOUR help to bring this important, groundbreaking play to more people.

During its first run, the Philadelphia Daily News called A Fierce Kind of Love "the best play you may never see."

We have a chance to remedy that with this short but significant run.

Your donations will help ensure that the moving, emotional stories of the people who lived through and shaped the Intellectual Disabilities Movement in Pennsylvania will live on.

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All performances will be ASL interpreted, CART captioned, and sensory friendly. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Audio description upon advance request (215-204-9542).


Shawn Aleong
Charlie DelMarcelle
Lee Ann Etzold
Lori McFarland
Michael McLendon
Erin McNulty
Marcia Saunders
Cathy Simpson
Jahzeer Terrell
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A Fierce Kind of Love has been supported
by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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