I’ve heard a lot of people feel that the way they treat Madison Ferris, a woman who is in a wheelchair, in the current revival of The Glass Menagerie was exploitative. And I’ve been sitting on it and I do understand that point of view. There are long pauses where she is helped up on stage and there are moments where she leaves her chair and crawls from point A to point B. And I can understand why that might be off putting. But for me I felt like this was addressing the reality and needs of people with this disability? Like the long moment where she was helped onstage in the beginning by Amanda was a demonstration of her dependency on Amanda to me. I don’t feel that it’s necessarily exploitive to address the realities of living with disability, and that’s what these choices did for me as an audience member. (And thus far, I have only heard statements about Madison’s performance from able-bodied people, I would love to hear perspective on this from a person who shares the disability).
Remember, if you’re a man who happens to have a vagina you’re still a man. Nothing can change that. Those signs are wrong. And people trying to assign you the label of ‘women’ for having a vagina are wrong.
He had Hazel draw a tattoo on his biceps with a
marker: HOT STUFF, with a skull and crossbones.
“What in the world are you thinking?” She sounded pretty flustered.
“I try not to think,” Leo admitted. “It interferes with being nuts”