The actors line up to introduce themselves and their disabilities, making sure to mention if they have jobs or are married. "Education!" Cohen prompts like an anxious stage mother from her seat in the front row.

"Our audiences don't always realize the people in the group are well educated," she explains later. "They also think disabled people are asexual."

Afterward, as the cast prepares to go upstairs to the garden's Sassafras café for breakfast, a woman stops to talk with Dianne Falk. "She thought our wheelchairs were props," Falk says, bemused. "She didn't know we were disabled until we introduced ourselves. That's one of the strangest reactions we've ever gotten. That and the middle-school girl who asked us, 'Can we catch what you have?'"

Over breakfast, the cast nibbles on fruit and scones and reflects on the performance.

"I think it went well," Jennings says. "They were laughing at the right time."

"Even though they were adults," Chestnut adds.

"You had such a level of focus and professionalism and such energy and presence onstage," Lipkin tells her actors. "I could not be more proud of you."

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