Review: Amy and the Orphans

Can you handle the truth?

When my son was born, in 1990, the pediatrician gave me a book on parenting. The first line read something like, “Do not put your child in an institution,” yet a social worker hovered in the hallway, checking if I was, in fact, bringing my baby with Down syndrome home.

Today my son, Marcus, is an author, speaker, and advocate. Also, an avid theater buff, so when the Playbill article came onto his feed that Jamie Brewer, an actress with Down syndrome, would be playing the lead role of Amy in a Broadway

Our Recent Trip to Broadway and Teasers

Marcus and I have been to NYC twice in about 6 weeks to see Broadway shows. We saw The Band’s Visit, School of Rock, Frozen, and Amy and the Orphans. Amy and the Orphans we saw twice.

Each one touched my heart. Yes, even School of Rock, which pleasantly surprised me. The Band’s Visit rolled along in a compelling, slow-build. I felt like I spent the first half with my head tilted, a

Can a Person with Down Syndrome win a Tony Award?

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“What is your goal?”

 

The keynote speaker, Dakota Johns, asked in his speech, then he asked us to share this goal with those sitting around us.  One person at our table said, “To write a book,” another said, “Take a family vacation.” My son, Marcus, said, “To win a Tony Award.”  

This is the first I’ve heard Marcus articulate this specific goal, although it didn’t surprise me. It may have surprised the others at the table. Then again maybe not, because Dakota Johns, the young man giving the keynote