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Memorial Service for Playwright John Belluso

The Public Theater and New Dramatists will hold a public memorial service today, Feb. 27, for John Belluso, the award-winning playwright who died Feb. 10.

Bound to a wheelchair at 13, Belluso championed for artists with disabilities and often put his own experiences with disability at the center of his dramatic work, including Gretty Good Time, Travelling Skin, and The Rules of Charity. For six years he served as the director of the Mark Taper Forum's Other Voices Project for Disabled Theatre Artists, one of the nation's only professional developmental labs for theatre artists with disabilities. He died at age 36 in New York City.

"John was a brilliant playwright, a tireless advocate for the disabled, a profound thinker, and a warm and generous friend," said Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theatre and a featured speaker at the service, in a written statement. "His disability gave him a powerful understanding of how it requires a community to make us fully human."

The service will start at 7 p.m. at The Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette Ave. A reception will follow.

-- Anna Bengel

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