Emily Driver's Great Race Through Time and Space
- Shaun Leisher:9 Aug. 2020“ This is 100% TYA done right and a perfect example of how to make truly accessible theatre. Every youth theatre program around the country needs to program this play!!! ”
- Lainie Vansant:6 Aug. 2020“ If nothing else, you should read this play for an example of how to do accessibility right - I noticed a lot of strategies that I hadn't thought about as a theatre-maker, but that could certainly be used and incorporated into my future work. On top of that, it's an exciting piece of TYA that is sure to inspire, educate, and excite kids, not to mention giving them the opportunity to see a cast with a wide variety of abilities. It's a real romp, a pleasure to read, and I'm sure a ton of fun to produce. ”
- Andrea Kovich:1 Aug. 2020“ A powerful piece of storytelling that highlights the Disability community’s struggle for civil rights and the momentous events leading up to the passage of the ADA. I was fortunate enough to witness the production of this play at National Disability Theatre’s launch party for the CA school tour. Striking the perfect balance between educational and entertaining, this play has an important message that resonates with people of all experiences. As a celebration of finding one’s inner power and the persistence required to fight for justice, it shows us the power of inclusion. ”
- Emily Driver12,,Any / DisabledFemaleA spunky, independent disabled 12 year-old girl. Emily is a huge history buff and the host of a YouTube channel, Emily's Adventures in History. She uses crutches but craves the increased freedom a wheelchair would offer her.
- Teddi Mae Leonard30s,,Any / DisabledtransfeminineEmily's mentor and guide through history. A wheelchair-using firebrand with style, sass, and pizzazz, Teddi famously drove from San Diego to Washington, D.C., in order to demand that the government (Medicaid) cover her healthcare costs.
- Sally Driver40s,,Any / Non-DisabledFemaleEmily's protective, loving and steadfast mother. She has fought for many years to ensure Emily gets everything she needs.
- Hugh30s/40s,,Any / Non-DisabledMaleHugh ("just Hugh") works for the government. He is stubborn, stingy and scared of change or progress.
- Lady J20s,,Any / DisabledFemaleA wheelchair-user and leader of the Disability Rights Movement. She is strong, intelligent and determined.
- Reverend Willy Blake20s/30s,,Any / Non-DisabledMale or Non-BinaryA hippie reverend bent on taking action and advocating for progress in the name of peace, love, and equality.
- ,Residency,La Jolla Playhouse2020
- ,Commission,La Jolla Playhouse and National Disability Theatre2019
- ,Workshop,La Jolla Playhouse2019
- ,Professional,La Jolla Playhouse2020