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Onstage: Welcome Home: The Waddie Welcome Story

By Rick Pender · May 8th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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 A man in Savannah, Ga., with cerebral palsy (barely able to move or speak) became influential in his desire to live independently with the support of his community. His story became a popular book, now reinvented for the stage by Cincinnati playwright Catie O’Keefe. She was recruited by Nikki Booker, a student at Starfire University, an institution for people with developmental disabilities.

Booker’s passion for Welcome’s story led her to bring it to a broader audience as her senior capstone project. O’Keefe’s script will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Emery Theatre in conjunction with the Requiem Project, seeking to bring the historic theater back to life as an arts venue. Welcome Home represents the first theatrical production on the stage of the historic theater in many years. Saturday, May 12. $12 in advance (emerytheatre.com); $15 at the door. Emery Theatre. 1112 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine.



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