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Welcome Letter

To Our Phamaly:

Welcome to the closing production of our 2022 season, Vox Vergere!

What an incredible year it has been. Phamaly staged two classic musicals, one of which we brought to New York to make our debut in The Big Apple. We continued our fantastic partnership with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, conducting rehearsals at their facilities and collaborating with them on seven classes. We worked with universities like Northwestern and CU Boulder; theatres like Northlight Theatre and Curious Theatre Company; and partner organizations like IDEA Stages to spread Phamaly’s message of anti-ableism, inclusion, and accessibility. In late July, Phamaly’s founding members were honored with the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Award for Lifetime Achievement. None of these amazing accomplishments would have been possible without our community’s continued support, belief, and love. You push us to continually redefine what theatre with a disabled aesthetic means, and through your patronage and support, you have declared that inclusive theatre matters, accessible theatre matters, and disabled theatre matters.

Our celebrated Vox series helps us keep two fingers on the pulse of our disabled community. Started in collaboration with local artist, Edith Weiss, Vox has gone through many iterations over the years: Vox Phamilia allowed a large group of artists write and act in their own plays about disability and CineVox took Vox into film. During the pandemic, we produced CoronaVox: Stories from the Front, allowing our company to partner with frontline workers to document their stories. This year, we bring you a new Vox…Vox Vergere.

The word Vergere in Latin means “I turn.” Each of the plays in Vox Vergere, while very different in terms of tone and genre, speak to the writers’ disabled experiences and how their intersectional identities continually turn them in different directions as they navigate the world. These pieces speak to the core of our Phamaly values: They are honest, irreverent, and most importantly, they are filled with love. So often, when we discuss identity in the theatre, the focus is on pain. Not these pieces. We have made the conscious decision, in this outrageous world we live in, to focus on how love is a superpower.

There is no theatre without love.

There is no Phamaly without love.

There is no world without love.

Thank you once again for joining us this year. We look forward to welcoming you back next season, for another slate of incredible shows. Now lean forward and get ready to enjoy Phamaly Theatre Company’s Vox Vergere.

Ben & Sasha