NO LIMITS: An evening celebrating abilities, expression & overcoming society’s prejudices

Thursday November 10th, 7pm, The White Pines Place.

Join White Pines for a reading and interactive discussion on White Pines Board Member Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer’s "The Little Gate Crasher: The Life and Photos of Mace Bugen” and a screening of the documentary short on White Pines new holiday musical, Fred Waring’s Christmas Shindig

"The Little Gate Crasher" is a memoir of Kaplan-Mayer's amazing Great-Uncle Mace Bugen--an unstoppable spirit, first generation Jewish American, self-made millionaire, celebrity gate-crasher--who was 43 inches tall. Mace's unstoppable spirit defied the challenges of his own physical limitations and society's prejudices towards people with dwarfism.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb of NPR's "Voices in the Family" captured the essence of the book in his review: “Many begin their journeys by saying, 'Why me?' But healing begins when they say, 'Okay, what now?' Part history and part biography, The Little Gate-Crasher is inspirational— and damn fun to read.”

Bright Invention actors will bring scenes from the book to life and in an interactive slideshow, Kaplan-Mayer will share Mace’s greatest celeb selfies, including him with Muhammed Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Russell, Richard Nixon and more.


Fred Waring’s Christmas Shindig features the holiday music of mid-20th century big band and choral leader Fred Waring, and a cast blended with professional actors, high school actors and actors with disabilities. It’s 1957 – but Fred’s “magic Christmas machine” is broken! Instead of sending his Christmas magic out to the world, it brings magic into his world – from 2016!

Fred Waring’s Christmas Shindig celebrates the insanity of Christmas in America – for those who celebrate it and those who don’t. And in the time-travel collision of 1957 with 2016, we can see how far we’ve come, and celebrate how music helps our similarities overcome our differences.

We’ll also share our new video by KXB Studio with highlights of our week of developmental rehearsal at Abington Friends School last June. The Shindig is an example of White Pines' commitment to creative expression that includes people of all abilities.

How far has society come in how we look at people with disabilities—in art and in life? Your perspective is valued as we wrestle with this provocative question.