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

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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April 7 - 17th
Christ Church Neighborhood House, Old City, Philadelphia

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
Brian Anthony Wilson
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 Download accessible playbill (text/Word document)

Plan Your Visit - Guides to Download

Access and download four guides to help plan your visit: Know Before You Go guide, Character Profiles guide, and two sensory guides: Social Narrative of the Play and Social Narrative of the Venue.

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Calendar of related events: Exhibition, Sib Slam, Stories in Play theater workshop, and more

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A Fierce Kind of Love has been supported
by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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