Uncontained: Beyond the Box is a timely and poignant collection of vignettes that humorously explore the literal and metaphorical way that individuals are boxed in. This relevant collection, written in part by individuals with disabilities, explores relatable ambitions, limitations, advocacy, and the playful imagination of children.
Performances: July 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30 PM
Performing Art Center of Rapid City
Tickets Go On Sale: July 1, 2021
Written in Part By:
Tyler Brink, Alyssa Flannery,
Rebecca Graham, Rachel Grant,
Jill Holien, “JJ,” James Janis,
Cindy Rooney, and Shawn Stratton.
Directed and Designed by Heather Pickering
Composed by Andrew Grace
Choreographed by Sara Olivier
Lighting Design by Amy McClure
Production Assistant/Stage Manager: Scot Dobbs Carpenter: Rodger Hartley
Lobby Artist: Paul Tanner
Company Photographer: Russell Jensen of Sage Studios
Videographer: Randal Iverson of Iverson Productions
“JJ,” James Janis
Henry Lee Olivier
B. Hannah Riley
*At this time those who have not been fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask upon entering our rehearsal facility. Social distancing, the use of hand sanitizer, and environmental sanitizer will be regularly used throughout the rehearsal process. We will be following CDC guidelines and will evolve with them.
Our goal is to return to the stage, but we wish to do so with safety in mind for our performers, staff, volunteers, and audiences.
As the pandemic evolves so will our plans.
Please be patient with us.
The Chair Is Not Me Art Show
May 3 - June 18, 2021
Homestake Opera House
Open Monday - Saturday
10 AM to 4 PM
Matthews Opera House
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Perfect Hanging Gallery
"The Chair Is Not Me," written by "JJ," James Janis is a collection of twenty-one poems about life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual.
JJ grew up between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City, South Dakota. Born with cerebral palsy, complicated with several other conditions, he was only expected to live 12 hours, but 60 years later he is still here! Writing is one of the things that sets JJ free from his disabilities and allows him to escape.
Eleven of his poems are accompanied by mixed media illustrations by ten artists of diverse abilities and cultures.
The collection seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.