New Broadway Show Focuses on Disability; Starring Rachel McAdams

A new Broadway show, Mary Jane, features the story of a single mother taking care of her son with cerebral palsy. 

The play was written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog and it explores the challenges of taking care of a child with disability. 

“I think there’s a deficit out there in terms of disability consciousness,” Amy says. “I want people to be more conscious of their fear about disability, about illness, about it clouding their ability to enter a story without the distancing sensation of pity.”

This is Oscar-nominated actress Rachel McAdams Broadway debut as the title character, Mary Jane. She shows Mary Jane’s unwavering optimism and humor as the story unfolds. 

After receiving a surplus of positive reviews after opening, the show was given a two-week extension.

Mary Jane will be playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York until June 16.

This article has information from Disability Scoop, Deadline and Vogue.