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Dark Disabled Stories


February 28 - March 26, 2023 Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission

World Premiere
By Ryan J. Haddad
Directed by Jordan Fein
Produced by The Bushwick Starr
Presented by The Public Theater 

Acclaimed writer and performer Ryan J. Haddad makes his off-Broadway playwriting debut with the hilarious and audacious DARK DISABLED STORIES

Haddad’s newest autobiographical play is a series of unforgiving vignettes about the strangers he encounters while navigating a city (and a world) not built for his walker and cerebral palsy. Directed by Jordan Fein, DARK DISABLED STORIES probes implicit ableism and the assumptions we make about people we'll never really know.

February 28 - March 26, 2023 Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission


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Tickets start at $60, plus fees*
Public Supporter and Partner tickets start at $45
View the Shiva Theater seating chart

*All orders subject to $7 per ticket service fee and $3 per ticket facility fee. All fees are waived for Public Theater Supporters and Partners. When purchasing tickets at the Taub Box Office the $7 per ticket service fee is waived.

Health & Safety 

In keeping with guidance from the city, state, and federal officials, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required for access to The Public’s facility, theaters, and the restaurant.

The use of a face mask is strongly encouraged at all performances, but a mask is now only required at all Tuesday evening and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances, as well as Joseph Papp Free Performances.

For complete health and safety protocols, visit Health & Safety, Next Steps

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Community Performances

The following dates are the Community Nights planned for this production. Please check back at a later date for more information on how to access the performance:

  • Sunday, March 12, 1PM
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DARK DISABLED STORIES will offer Open Captions, Audio Descriptions, and American Sign Language at every performance. Learn more below about accessible seating accommodations and our audience experience before selecting your seats for the performance.  

  • Captions and ASL are integrated into the design and staging of the production, so patrons need not sit in a designated area to access them. Still, we encourage members of the d/Deaf and hard of hearing communities to sit in the center of the house and at least a few rows back for optimal viewing.
  • Audio descriptions of the production are included in the script's text, and a separate device is not necessary to access the description. 
  • We have expanded our wheelchair and mobility disability seating access in the front row of the Shiva Theater for this production. Still, space is limited based on the capacity of the venue, and we ask that companions who do not require accessible seating choose companion seats in the second row for the performance. The Public may adjust seating locations before or upon arrival at the performance to reunite parties who have been separated during the reservation process.
  • The Public may adjust seating locations before or upon arrival to assist in meeting accommodation requests from guests with disabilities. We appreciate your assistance and support of a welcoming and inclusive experience for all.
  • The Public strives to create an inclusive and welcoming space where audience members can be free to be themselves for this production, and expectations about audience etiquette are relaxed at this performance. We will share specifics about this relaxed theater experience in our performance reminders.
  • If you require additional assistance in purchasing your tickets or accommodation due to a disability, don't hesitate to contact us by calling Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or 


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Ryan J. Haddad


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Dickie Hearts


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Alejandra Ospina



Ryan J. Haddad
Jordan Fein
Scenic & Costume Design
Kameron Neal
Video Design
Kathy Ruvuna
Sound Design
Andrew Morrill
Director of Artistic Sign Language