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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

Historical Theater

in the

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



Tyler Brink

Justin Bruns

Joshua Boll

Brooklyn Ewing

Maeve Ewing

Dena Frantz

Rachel Grant

Jill Holien

Danielle Hupp

“JJ,” James Janis

John Kraft

Katelinn Ohrtman

Henry Lee Olivier

Violet Rausch

B. Hannah Riley

Cindy Rooney

Ella Swanson

Danae Taylor

Elissa Vallette

Enya Wallace

Daniel Whitley

*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.

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The Chair Is Not Me Art Show

May 3 - June 18, 2021
Homestake Opera House
Lead, SD
Open Monday - Saturday 
10 AM to 4 PM

March  2022
Matthews Opera House
Spearfish, SD

FREE Admission
Sponsored by:
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.

Exploring the human endeavor
     Flutter In the News

August 2, 2017: 
Flutter Productions received a Creating Humanities Communities Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the  Humanities.  Flutter  Productions , in partnership with the University of South Dakota School of Medicine will hold performances and  facilitated discussions that probe the history and culture of people with disabilities through the disciplinary lens
of disability studies. 

The National Endowment for the Humanities interprets the past, engages the present, and informs the future.
We are the stories, ideas, and words that help us make sense of our lives and our world. We’re engaging people we’ve never met, visiting new places, and discovering ideas that have never crossed our minds. By connecting with ourselves and with others, we are exploring the human endeavor. To read the full press release visit:  https://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2017-08-02  

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