The Sandy Triptych by Lisa Coleman-Brown
The Sandy Triptych, is the one act, three scene, dramedy adaptation of three unpublished autobiographical short stories by the late, well respected, Toronto disabilities activist Sandra Carpenter.
In Scene 1, "Hope", Sandy is living in Bloorview's Home for "Crippled" Children and is with her disabled friends on a field trip to an Easter Seals telethon at O'Keefe Center where she meets the celebrity Bob Hope.
Scene 2, "The Wheel of Woe", is in the style of a tv game show where Sandy meets "The Nurse of Good Intentions" and gleefully tap dancing "The Grim Reaper of Pain" - while spinning the wheel of woe her painful childhood operations for her SMA Spinal Muscular Atrophy disability are described.
In Scene 3, "Just Like Real Kids", Sandy and her disabled friends are on a field trip, organized by an eager service club so that they can experience the adventure of going fishing. Special, secret, arrangements have been made with a volunteer frogman to guarantee the catch of quite cold already dead fish!
(The three scenes in this triptych can also be performed as stand alone plays.)
Keywords: children with disabilities, disability issues in society, teens with disabilities, 1960s, pain, operation, tap dancing, disability, one act