Play by and about disabled students is `Education'

July 26, 1999|By Trena Johnson | Trena Johnson,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A group of young people with learning and physical disabilities has gathered at Fell's Point Corner Theatre to rehearse an inspirational, original play titled "Education Is a Two-Way Street."

The first performance is tonight at the League for the Handicapped, 1111 E. Coldspring Lane.

The play confronts the problems disabled students encounter in public schools and is performed by young people with disabilities.

"Education Is a Two Way Street" is directed by Barry Feinstein, who has been working at the theater for 12 years. He is also a speech pathologist at William S. Bear School on Warwick Avenue, which educates disabled students.

Although the play is aimed at both children and adults, Feinstein says, "Even the kids who are on lower reading levels -- I want them to be able to get it."

FOR THE RECORD - A story in Monday's Today section about a play by young people with disabilities listed incorrect times for the performances, which take place at various locations this week. The remaining performances of "Education Is a Two-Way Street" are at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Kennedy Krieger Institute, 1750 Fairmount St.; 10: 30 a.m. Friday at William S. Bear School, 2001 Warwick Ave.; and 2 p.m. Sunday at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Call 410-276-7837 for more information.
The Sun regrets the error.

In previous years, the group performed "The Sky's the Limit" and "Climbing the Mountain."

The group brainstormed ideas for this year's play with the direction of Feinstein. With messages about patience, understanding, drug awareness and self-reliance, "Education Is a Two Way Street" is a collage of various fictional situations, such as bullies trying unsuccessfully to break the pride of disabled students and young characters encouraging one another to make academic strides.

"When we go to these different places, they love it. We get a great response. I think it's a great camaraderie that develops," says Feinstein.

Mary Byrd's daughter Cynthia is involved in the production. "She's sitting around in summertime," Byrd says. "This gives her something to do. She loves being with her classmates [from Bear]."

`Education Is a Two-Way Street'

Where and when: Tonight at League for the Handicapped, 1111 E. Coldspring Lane; tomorrow at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland, 1660 Sulfur Spring Road; Thursday at Kennedy Krieger Institute, 1750 Fairmount St.; and Friday at William S. Bear School, 2001 Warwick Ave. All shows are at 8 p.m.

Admission: Free

Call: 410-276-7837

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