Showcase Shares Talents, Stories of People with Developmental Disabilities

(BLOOMINGTON) – Stone Belt Arc, a nonprofit organization providing supports to individuals with disabilities, presents its biennial I Am You performance at 7 p.m. on February 21 and 22 at the Ted Jones Playhouse.

Stone Belt received a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for the upcoming performance providing people with disabilities the opportunity to share their stories and showcase their talents. Participation in a professional theater production is a chance for the performers to demonstrate to the community that all individuals have stories to share and have artistic skills, dreams, and aspirations.

Performers are representative of all three areas served by Stone Belt, including Bedford, Columbus, and Bloomington. The I Am You cast includes Logan Bell, Johnny Brooking, Neisha Luther, Derrick Martin, Kenton McInteer, Patty Muelenbein, Beth Myers, Ryan Pollack, and Carl Strange.

The Playback improvisational troupe is comprised of people with and without disabilities. Members include Kimmi Bignell, Mary Kate Bistro, Betsy Higgins, Maryann Iaria, Brandon Kerfoot, Dan Lodge-Rigal, Wesley Mull, Jessica Walker, and Stephanie Weber.

I Am You Director Lucy Farmer and Playback Director Whitney Sullivan supported each performer in choosing a meaningful story and determining the most captivating method to share their story on stage. Performers have been rehearsing for the performances since September 2019.

Purchase tickets at the BCT Box Office or online at https://bctboxoffice.org/events/page/3/.

About Stone Belt

Stone Belt Arc is a nonprofit agency that prepares, empowers, and supports more than 1,400 people with developmental disabilities and their families to live fully and thrive in their communities. Stone Belt is the oldest and largest agency of its kind in south-central Indiana, maintaining lifelong learning, employment, residential, and mental health programs in Monroe, Lawrence, and Bartholomew counties. Find out more online at www.stonebelt.org.

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