A Fierce Kind of Love
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A Fierce Kind of Love

Written by Suli Holum, Directed by David Bradley, Produced by the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

Part of High Pressure Fire Service


140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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March 1—3, 2019

a fierce kind of love

Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net

A cast of artists with and without disabilities chronicles the largely untold story of Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Disability Rights Movement in a remount of this deeply poignant work. Drawing from years of research and the performers’ lived experiences, A Fierce Kind of Love combines text, movement, and song to chart the Movement’s remarkable history and celebrate the struggle, activism, and fierce love that fuels the desire for dignity. This new iteration of the piece expands on the interviews and research conducted for the 2016 premiere, adding insight to the persistent issues in the disability community. The show, set, and theatrical environment for A Fierce Kind of Love are completely accessible; ASL interpretation and open captioning are directly integrated into the piece; all performances will be sensory-friendly, audio described and programs will be available in alternate formats. Complimentary companion seats are available to patrons who require a paid Personal Care Attendant (PCA). Please contact the box office directly to reserve a PCA ticket.

Run Time: 60 minutes

HPFS Subscriptions:
$150 Six-Show Package / $120 for members*
15% off tickets to 3-5 performances / 30% off for members*
All subscribers receive free ticket exchanges and reduced fees.


Single Tickets:
$31 general / $21.70 members*
$15 students and 25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS members

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A Fierce Kind of Love is made possible with generous support from The Virginia Brown Martin Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and The Staritch Foundation, Inc.

Original support for A Fierce Kind of Love was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Guest Producer: Ken Klaus

Happy Hour on the Fringe

A Fierce Kind of Love cast-member Shawn Aleong and ADAPT activist Tony Brooks sit down and talk about living with disabilities in an exclusive world, and the missing history of disability rights advocacy.


Contextual Programming

All evening performances will be followed by a conversation with the artists, and both matinees will be followed by roundtable conversations with community stakeholders about the themes present in the play. We invite audiences members to stay and join the conversation.

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Timeline at Parkway Central Library, Installed Feb 12, 2019

FringeArts, in partnership with Disability Equality in Education, has installed two public history timelines: one at the Parkway Central Library, second floor gallery hall, available February 12–March 15, and one in the East-West corridor of the City Hall courtyard, on view from February 25th through the end of March. Each detail a chronological public history of the disability rights movement in Pennsylvania, providing context for A Fierce Kind of Love and in conjunction with March’s Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

There will also be an intergenerational story-sharing event to connect personal histories to the historical milestones of the Disability Rights Movement at City Hall on Friday, March 8th from 11:30am-1:00pm, hosted by Disability Equality in Education. The event will allow younger advocates to learn about the community’s history from their activist elders. These story-sharing events will happen after A Fierce Kind of Love closes, as a way to continue the conversation and engagement.

“Disability is just another one of our identities just like being a father, mother, or musician.” – Disability Equality in Education staff

High Pressure Fire Service

A Presentation Series for Philadelphia Artists

High Pressure Fire Service (HPFS) takes its name from FringeArts’ historic building, the first high pressure pump house in the country. Opened in 1903, the station pumped water from the Delaware River to fire hydrants across Philadelphia, connecting the city and helping it grow and thrive. This history of creativity and connectivity is at the very heart of the High Pressure Fire Service festival. Addressing issues of representation, gender, accessibility, reproductive justice, and more through devised theater, comedy, and participatory play, these productions embody the vast range and exceptional talent of Philadelphia’s rich performing arts community.

Check out the FringeArts Blog to read about Who’s Who in High Pressure Fire Service, part one.

Support for High Pressure Fire Service has been provided by the Wyncote Foundation.