Christine @ 'Teenage Dick' - UGH, I hate six year old Christine

What's it about?

Being a teenager sucks, but it sucks a lot more when people are dicks to you. Also was this low-key Shakespeare's Richard III? IDK...maybe. 

My experience.

So, I’ve officially walked out of my first show.

No, not because the show was offensive or anything like that but because I was making such a scene with all my weezing, hacking, and coughing.

I feel like my immune system saw all the excitement I had for this show and wanted to screw shit up for me cause he (idk why it’s a “he”, but I just know ya feel?) turned into a progressively horrible cold and then Aunt Flow decided she was gonna continue to be her irregular ass self. So, basically I am, was and currently am in perpetual hell. I am so upset that this was my FIRST experience walking out of a show - hopefully the only but probably not for equality loving ass - but hey what can you do?

Not that I am comparing, AT ALL. But. Just this shitty cold made me think about how much more of a struggle it must be for someone who has it far worse and can’t just walk out of their bed and easily get in a car or a train and prance over to see a show whenever they feel like it. And that's mainly why I think that shows with characters like Richard - who has Cerebral Palsy and for some reason speaks like a Shakespearean charac- oh wait.. Is he suppose to be Richard III?


Ok back to Richard, yeah I was saying that characters like him need to be more prominent in our community. To see people on stage with real disabilities and to - I feel like an asshole saying this but I gotta be honest- realize that they really aren’t that far from what we’ve come to know (do we even know?) is “normal”. Like, I was hacking and coughing up a storm and I felt like ass for being loud, so imagine if I had to be attached to some sort of system keeping me alive or in a wheelchair? Yeah it’s a inconvenience to a theatre, but it should be a SMALL one that has a set solution in the case that happens.

And this is probably gonna sound sorta dumb and incredibly corny. Like for real 🌽, but I can’t believe that it took this show to realize just how much we different we think we are from others who are different to us. It’s weird, cause it’s almost like the disabilities become the person, and even more annoying is people like me who make it the most defining thing about a person. Whether it’s physically visible one or not, when you know about it, for some reason it is so hard to ignore it and just see the person.

For example, my Aunt Olivia back in Ecuador is a high functioning autistic person. Sadly, in Ecuador no matter what social status you’re a part of, it seems that being autistic is seen as such an off putting thing to have be a part of your family. Not to say that my aunt hasn’t been well taken care of, but she is treated differently. And that treatment bled onto her nephews and nieces (aka me too), but this all changed after I spoke to her during my last visit. Coincidently, that conversation we had made me think of the way Richard seemed to just want to be considered and appreciated like everyone else, and I nearly teared up (ME!), because that is basically what my aunt told me. She just wants to be shown affection and to be treated the same. It just made me feel so guilty about all the times I was a bratty lil’ bitch to her! UGH, I hate six year old Christine. Now, it’s so insane to me how so many people are missing out on how amazing my Aunt Olivia is.

Since I peaced out early, I couldn’t see the end of Richard’s story, but I am hoping his ending was a happy one. What I did was google the shit out of the show, and after some googling I also found out that the lead actor (and I think the show?) is associated with an awesome organization “The Apothetae”. I suck with words so I am just gonna leave this here :)

Editor's Note (Cheyanne): To learn more about The Apothetae Company, visit their website linked above. They're doing awesome work to represent both disabled and non-disabled artists using works already existing the theatrical canon such as Richard III talked about in this post. So proud that we're pushing theatre to become more inclusive to not just race and gender but towards disabilities as well! Check out Veronica's post on Amy and the Orphans which features Jamie Brewer, an actress with Down Syndrome.


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