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Lynn Manning: An icon of disability pride

On Feb 15, 2009 American actor/story teller Lynn Manning wowed the crowds with a riveting performance in his one-man show entitled Weights.

Lynn Manning in Vancouver
Lynn Manning in Vancouver

Manning’s life changed forever when a bullet, shot in a crowded Los Angeles bar, robbed him of his sight. Now his performance comes to life in an autobiographical performance where he takes a lighter take on his life after his disability and reassures his audiences that “its all good.”

The show opens with BC singer/songwriter Christa Couture, whose intimate singing style makes you feel you’ve discovered a wonderful secret.

I had the opportunity of meeting with Manning and his associate Gary (the musician) who is also visually impaired at the thoughtful dinner organized at a local downtown restaurant by Dr. Leslie Roman, Professor of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia.

Manning flew in from Los Angeles for his performance at the Chan Centre of Performing Arts, UBC.

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