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A Little Potato and Hard to Peel

AFO Fest


Written and Performed by David Harrell

Directed by Kirk White


October 2013


A LITTLE POTATO AND HARD TO PEEL is a universal story…that is, a universal story about a not so ordinary life. In his warm, smart, and engaging autobiographical solo show, David Harrell delivers a hilarious and insightful look at living with a disability. He was born without his right hand. His parents, having never known anyone with a disability, promised he would never be different. He soon realizes, however, the metal hook he wears on his right hand does in fact make him feel different. A LITTLE POTATO AND HARD TO PEEL is not so much a show about living with a disability or overcoming the circumstances of his life but the journey to find the awareness to not be defined by limitations. Through his journey we learn to not let ourselves be defined by our own limitations or let the circumstances of our lives peel away the core of our humanity.



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DAVID HARRELL (playwright/performer) is an actor, speaker and disability advocate, originally from Brunswick, Georgia, now residing in New York City. His award nominated solo play A Little Potato and Hard to Peel and his new adaptation The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook have entertained audiences from New York City to the depths of Southern Georgia–from off-Broadway houses to the US Department of the Interior. He holds a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in theatre performance. He was nominated in 2010 for a New York Innovative Theatre award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and has been selected to the One Man Standing Festival with the Emerging Artists Theatre, the Greensboro Fringe Festival and the United Solo Festival. As an actor he has performed with theatres in New York City and across the country over the last 15 years, he has appeared in independent films, web series and the New York City institution “Law and Order: SVU”. As a Disability Advocate he has worked as the Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players in Raleigh, NC and currently serves as the Disability and Programming Associate for Inclusion in the Arts in New York City. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.


KIRK WHITE (director) received his MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was a top 8 finalist in The Starz Network’s "Looking for Stars" reality micro-series; after which, he basically just wandered the earth, getting into adventures. Proving that yes, Virginia, there is a second act, he has produced and directed North, South, East and West all around this land. He is the founder/producer of Quite Film ( and his first feature, F**k New York was an official selection of the Queens World and Hoboken International Film Festivals. He has recently wrapped production on The How to Kill Yourself in One Year Project (12 short films in 12 months what could POSSIBLY go wrong) and is a figure of note in the world of Global Logistics.

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