Optimist Theatre and ACAP Playmakers team up to create "Merely Players"
In 2020, Optimist Theatre Artistic Director, Ron Fry, and Executive Director, Susan Fry, teamed up with Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP) Playmakers program to create "Merely Players".
ACAP’s mission is to encourage people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential and to acquire life-long skills that will enable them to become contributing and valued members within their communities.
A Shakepeare workshop and performance? Yes. Absolutely. Every member of the ACAP community found their capability. Their connection. Their muse. Optimist Theatre helped them bring their individual Shakespearean characters to life.
Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, preceding filming was a 3-month Shakespeare workshop program and both virtual and in-person rehearsals. At sessions, Playmakers learned about acting skills, pronunciation, iambic pentameter and much more.
The resultant video stars members of the ACAP Playmakers as they help William Shakespeare overcome writer's block.
.... and Ron Scot Fry as William Shakespeare. Directed by Susan Fry. Cinematography by Jim DeKoch and the DK Company. Timestamp for beginning the performance begins is 7:40.