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Show explores disabilities at Long Island Children’s Museum

David Harrell uses funny stories in his one-man

David Harrell uses funny stories in his one-man show, "The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook," to help kids understand what it's like to grow up with a disability. Credit: David Harrell

David Harrell was born without his right hand, and he uses funny stories and a crazy cast of characters from his journey growing up with a disability in his show “The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook.”

Harrell is bringing his show to the Long Island Children’s Museum this week in a quest to teach kids not to let circumstances hold them back or define them. “We all are going to face certain limitations at times,” he says. “We are able to move past those.”

Harrell wrote and performs the one-man show — he plays all the characters, including his parents, kids from the playground, a doctor and more. He tells of how being born without his right hand and fitted with a prosthetic hook kept him on the sidelines of school recess until the game became Peter Pan.

Harrell fit perfectly as Captain Hook, but grows tired of playing the part and decides he wants to be a hero. What happens when you decide not to be defined by your circumstances and change the game? Through his journey, Harrell and his friends learn the importance of accepting and including others.

Harrell has fine arts and theater performance degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He grew up in Georgia and lives in New York City.

WHAT “The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook”

WHEN | WHERE 10:15 a.m. and noon March 2 through 4 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 5 and 6 at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City

INFO $9 per seat with museum admission of $13 per person, $12 for ages 65 and older, children younger than 1 free; $12 per person for theater only; 516-224-5800, licm.org

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