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August 26, 2022

Tony Award Winner Ali Stroker selected to lead new production with no mention of disability!

Ali Stroker is the barrier-breaking actress and singer who was the first wheelchair user to both be nominated for, AND to win a Tony Award for her powerhouse performance as Ado Annie in the 2019 production of OKLAHOMA! on Broadway.

In a recent story on, they annonced that Ali was selected to lead the last of a production of Theresa Rebeck's Downstairs at ARC Stages, celebrating the company's 10th anniversary.

While an award-winning actreess landing a great part is news, what is turly unique here is that's reporting never once mentions that Ali is a wheelchair user.  Perhaps we are seeing a change when people with diabilities are recognized for who they are, for their talents and cababilities...for their abilities and NOT their disabilities.

Brava Ali!  And well done, Playbill!