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Join people who stutter as they come together to support Stuttering & Alzheimer's organizations. Everyone's voice is heard right now!!
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Actors International Theatre's (AIT) vision is Every Voice is Heard and Listened to in a Powerful Way through Theater. Our mission is Employing Actors with disabilities and give them the opportunity to experience the transforming power of theater and alter the global and personal perception of limitations. Anything is possible and we all have a voice! AIT will have your voice heard.... 

Hello, I am Katherine Filer and the founder and artistic director of Actors International Theatre. Thank you for checking out what we are up to. This is a World Premiere presentation of "Alzheimer's: The Musical" written by Todd Cardin and directed by William McKinlay. This is just the beginning of a journey that leads to Fun, Freedom, Power and Full Self-Expression for everyone right now! 

This specific campaign will contribute part of its proceeds to the National Stuttering Association (NSA) and the Alzheimer's Association.

Synopsis

Broadway's brightest star, Maurice Green, is tackling his most challenging role: Alzheimer's.  In this musical comedy we explore what happens when the body is strong but the mind is fading away. Sometimes you have to laugh so you don't cry.

This is gonna be FUN!!! Why, because "it's a comedy"! And there is lots of singing!!!

The Cast

This play features 5 people who stutter, Mitchell Trichon, Bill Collins, Carmen Shapiro, Marissa Moschetta and Alan Cohen (as the understudy) . All are members of the NSA Philadelphia Chapter.  We also welcome Jerry Puma, a veteran actor from the Philadelphia Area. 

Check out some videos of our rehearsals! 

Marissa Moschetta and Jerry Puma on stage!

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Marissa, Jerry and Mitchell Trichon on stage!

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Bill Collins and Alan Cohen on stage!

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Marissa, one of our actors practicing her monologue.. Our workshop at the National Stuttering Association Convention!

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The Project

This is the third play promoted by Actors International Theatre in as many years.  It is also the largest one, with more cast members, more songs and more volunteers to contribute to our success.  We would like this campaign for Alzheimer's: The Musical to help us not only cover the expenses for this project, but also to provide the means to start the next one.

AIT is committed to have people's voices heard through theatre.  We accept anyone that wants to participate and contribute in a positive way. Previous experience is not required, only the desire to have a life changing experience and the commitment to have fun through the process.

We invite you to come and see our play, have fun and enjoy with your family and friends.  We thank you for your participation in any way you can, either by just purchasing tickets for the show or by adding a little more to help us continue with our mission to give everyone a voice.

This project is valuable to you, the contributor, and to the world. Just imagine what is possible if each and every voice in the world can express their unique contribution right now. Who can you then be? What is then available to you and your family and friends?

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: actorsinternationaltheatre@gmail.com

About the Organizations We Support

With more than three million Americans sharing the common experience of stuttering, the National Stuttering Association (http://www.westutter.org/plays a vital role in letting people who stutter know that they are not alone. As the world's largest self-help group for people who stutter, the NSA provides support and information to the stuttering community through a variety of programs and services, instilling the sense of self-worth so often missing in the lives of those who battle this disorder.

Your support  will help fund activities such as:

  • Provide a theater experience for anyone that felt could not do it before because of an speech impediment
  • Workshops regarding therapies or support techniques
  • Social events to promote involvement and personal interactions
  • Regular meetings at convenient locations for our members
  • Educate others about stuttering and challenges our community faces

The Alzheimer's Association's  (http://www.alz.org/) mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affedted; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health

Performances

We are very happy to be part of Philadelphia's 2015 Fringe Festival! All of our performances will be at the following location:

Plays and Players Theatre (in the Skinner Studio)
1714 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
http://www.playsandplayers.org/

  • Sunday, September 13th at 3pm
  • Monday, September 14th at 7pm
  • Saturday, September 19th at 5pm
  • Sunday, September 20th at 7pm

The running time is 75 minutes, with a 30 minute talk back immediately following.

Risks and challenges

AIT's first production was "Tough Cookies" presented in New York City, off-off Broadway. Featured in this play were 3 women who have stuttered all their life. It was a huge success and the opportunity of a lifetime for these women. One of the reviews "Tough Cookies" got at the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival was "....don't show up expecting actors who stutter; come expecting actors who act."

Our past performances demonstrate our ability to provide good quality entertainment while fulfilling our mission. We have learned a lot from those experiences and we are ready to tackle a bigger production.

This is our third year performing at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and this is why are confident we will reach our goal. We have assembled a great team of people that will contribute to our success. We have experienced professionals of the Philadelphia theater scene, our playwright, director and lead actor have lots of years of experience and are well respected. We have a costume designer, a singing coach, and live music accompaniment. Whatever we may lack in experience we supply abundantly in enthusiasm and commitment to perform and be heard. Everyone involved in this project is in it for the love of theater, to achieve a personal challenge, or to experience theater for the first time.

Other Ways You Can Help:
If you can't make a financial contribution to this campaign, please get the word out and make some noise about it. Share the link Facebook, Twitter, etc. and tell all your friends about this amazing opportunity to have their Voice Heard!!

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