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June 01, 2006

World Premiere Staged Reading to benefit 2006 Disability Pride Parade

The 2006 Disability Pride Parade Planning Committee presents a World Premiere staged reading of “The Adventures of Mac Martinez or the Case of the Missing Zombie Stripper,” Sunday, June 18, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

The play, written by Sally Cooper as part of the Access Project, assisted by Blind Services Association, will be the centerpiece of a fundraising benefit for the 2006 Disability Pride Parade. A reception and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are tax deductible. Both the play and the readers illustrate the diversity of the disability community.

General Seating Tickets are available by calling 312-253-7000, ext. 195. Wheelchair tickets are available by calling 708-209-1500, ext. 32.

A farce, in the tradition of Mickey Spillane and influenced, with tongue in cheek, by film noir, “The Case of the Missing Zombie Stripper” takes place in 1940’s New Orleans. It presents a cast of high living, high rolling characters, both human and not so human, all of whom have some disability. This doesn’t prevent any of them from fully exploiting the richness and bizarre texture of the case that evolves around them. Mac, the blind detective; his right hand man Lefty; Madame DuVoe, former Queen of the Congo Square—all collaborate to locate and retrieve the Missing Zombie Stripper.

The Access Project is a model outreach effort, designed to involve people with disabilities in all aspects of theater, both on and off the stage. Programs include: artist development workshops, which teach the art of playwriting and performance to individuals with and without disabilities; and play development opportunities for original works dealing with disability issues or written by playwrights who have disabilities.

The 3rd Annual Disability Pride Parade, DISABLED AND PROUD 2006: Celebrating Disability Arts and Culture, will take place on Saturday, July 22, in downtown Chicago. Disability Activist and Actor Robert David Hall, perhaps best known for his role as Coroner Dr. Al Robbins on TV’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, is the Parade Grand Marshal. For more information about the parade, check out their website at

Posted by Janice Stashwick