The story of Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community spoke to Nikki Booker after she heard it at a public reading last year. Immediately, she began engaging in doing public readings with various community groups in Cincinnati, and hosting a reading her own home.
As part of Nikki's fourth and final year of Starfire U, a post-secondary program designed for people with disabilities to have the opportunity to explore and discover their gifts and talents, Nikki has decided to bring the story of Mr. Welcome and his circle to the stage.
Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community, is a true story about a man with cerebral palsy who rallied community support to help him live in a house not an institution in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia.
A playwrightand producer are on board, and theater space is reserved at the newly re-opened Emery Theater in Cincinnati, auditions are slated to begin in April, rehearsals immediately after, and an opening night on May 12th, 2012. Nikki has already travelled to Savannah, GA for research and met with the author of the book for his approval.
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