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Sped Kid







Adam Linn is most definitely not a ghost. He is genuine, witty, and full of love—especially for Prince. He is also blind. In his solo show, Sped Kid, he tells his coming-of-age story of his failing vision and his daily trips on the short bus.


It begins with an audio description for visually impaired audience members. It paints the picture of the stage for them- empty, save for a black foldable chair and Adam himself. While Sped Kid is clearly expanding the inclusivity of disabled performers onstage, this communicated that the show was also designed with audience inclusivity in mind. And it went beyond a simple beginning audio description- the entire show was crafted so that audiences of different visual abilities could understand and enjoy it.


Linn's storytelling is illustrative and expressive. Sped Kid unfolds through conversation vignettes, where Linn embodies his middle school self and engages the audience as his conversation partners. This interactive structure allows Linn to communicate so much as a solo performer. His words paint vivid pictures of his adventures, his pacing reflects his internal world, and his reactions bring the people and environment around him to life. Linn's quick-paced delivery, filled with stories of snakes and break dancing, captures the spirit of a 12-year-old boy. The moments the show slowed down- mainly in doctor's appointments laced with fear and unknown outcomes were then all the more poignant. 


Though solo theatre is performed alone, it achieves its full potential through the help of other artists. Sped Kid was directed by Padraic Lillis, and Linn's performance is elevated thanks to Lillis's precise and careful direction. The transitions between vignettes were well-timed and well-managed, as they allowed both the audience and Linn a quick breath before diving into the next bus ride. The movement was minimal, which allowed Linn to be extremely present in the storytelling. The moment Linn steps forward at the end and expands his arms felt earned and grounded, a hopeful glimpse into the future for both Linn and the audience.


Sped Kid is a story about navigating loss and the things and people we hold onto in the process. With a sold-out premiere that earned him a second performance, Adam Linn proved that there are always ways to see and be seen in the world, so long as we have the courage to find them.




"Sped Kid"

Written and Performed by Adam Linn

Directed by Padraic Lillis

April 5 and April 10, 2024



The 16th United Solo Festival

March 4 – April 28, 2024

Theatre Row

410 West 42nd (btw 9th and 10th Avenue)




 


Jaycie Buben is a fast-paced brain in an unhurried body. They are the wearer of many hats- Writer, Actor, Singer, Creator, beanie, baseball cap, etc. After completing their BFA in Acting at Shenandoah Conservatory, Jaycie moved to New York to explore and expand their creative passions. Some of their favorite credits include assistant directing Macbeth (The Tank), playing the titular role in Ajax (Hypnos Theatre and Performance), and writing poetry/essays/genre-defying mind blips (Jaycie’s bedroom). Jaycie’s creative work is inspired and driven by exploring the nuanced relationship between opposing forces. Jayciebuben.com

                                  




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