DisAbility Project Stages Benefit to Help Repair First Unitarian Church

Apr 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm
DP performer Ana Jennings and director Joan Lipkin. - Jennifer Silverberg
Jennifer Silverberg
DP performer Ana Jennings and director Joan Lipkin.

The DisAbility Project, a theater troupe comprised mostly of disabled actors, will be staging a benefit performance this Sunday, May 1, to raise money to replace two air conditioning and heating units that were ripped off the First Unitarian Church at 5007 Waterman Boulevard in the Central West End.

Insurance will cover most of the $40,000 it will cost to replace the units, but not security. That's where the DisAbility Project, known as DP, comes in. The group has been rehearsing in the church this season and wanted to give something back to its benefactor.

"This is our version of bringing over a casserole," the group's director Joan Lipkin told the Post-Dispatch. "We can't make a big enough one to feed everyone, but we can offer them a performance."

At Sunday's performance, which will be held in the church's Hope Chapel and which will begin at 2 p.m., DP will perform some of its most popular sketches, including the DP Rap, which highlights famous historical figures with disabilities.

For more about DP, see the 2009 Riverfront Times feature "Thespians on Wheels."