The Gimp, The Freak, and Nurse Clare

Premiered: April 24, 2016 at WeisAcres, NYC
Performers: Clare Dolan, Jennifer Miller and Cathy Weis

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The Gimp, The Freak, and Nurse Clare is a series of short, non-linear dances created by and for an inclusive cast of disabled, multigenerational and non-normative performers. Jennifer Dunning noted in the New York Times that “the way [Weis] unsentimentally weaves in her own real-life struggle with multiple sclerosis makes the point, without over doing it, that the body itself produces a rough kind of magic.” This project approaches disability, inclusion and performance as both mundane, everyday realities and hot-button political issues.

Clare Dolan, a long-time performer with Bread & Puppet Theater and a Registered Nurse, shares her perspective as a caregiver. Performers Weis and Jennifer Miller dance and tell stories about living in the world with different bodies – Weis living with MS and Miller, a woman with a beard.

The Gimp, The Freak, and Nurse Clare is built to be performed in traditional theater spaces but the long-term vision extends the experience to non-traditional spaces, such as hospitals and assisted living centers.

Performance history:
Sundays on Broadway, WeisAcres, NYC (2016 – premiere)