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A Stoke of Endurance

Teatro Paraguas Offers a Free Screening of A STROKE OF ENDURANCE


WHAT:  A Stroke of Endurance, a film by Crips Video Productions, directed by Santa Fe

           native Margot Cole

WHEN: Saturday March 24 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, March at 2:00 pm

WHERE:  Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe

Admission:  Free

Info:, 505-424-1601                                


An Unusual Cinematic Treat

In a place that touts itself as The City Different,Santa Fe plays host to countless artistic efforts that feature truly innovative and unique forms of expression. It would seem then, that in a city such as this, patrons of the arts would not easily be surprised by any sort of artistic offering. Yet, creativity comes in many forms and even folks who think theyve seen it all, can still be delighted and astonished from time to time. And it just so happens that March 24th and 25th will present an opportunity for just that to occur.

In collaboration with Teatro Paraguas, Crip Video Productions will be presenting screenings of A Stroke of Endurancea film about friendship, faith, and endurance. The story, written and directed by filmmaker, Margot Cole, is about how a college student with Cerebral Palsy and her classmates must deal with varying forms of fall-out when mid-semester, their professor has a stroke that leaves him disabled.

Among the extraordinary and unexpected aspects of this film is that the film, like all of Crip Video Productions, was created by people with disabilities. The mission of the production company is, “…to break barriers and increase understanding of disability through engaging characters and storytelling.Born with mild Cerebral Palsy herself, Cole has made it her mission to empower people with disabilities through her filmmaking. By naming her production company Crip Video Productions, Cole is using the vernacular of the disabled community to further identify the focus of her works. Other productions the company has engaged in include, "Drama Sighted", "Only Those Who Limp Allowed" and "Crips Not Creeps.”

What reviews are saying: “Russian Embedded dolls where layers of representation keep appearing-that is what resonates in this complex and provocative film “A Stroke Of Endurance” -Geraldine Pauling Film Psychohistorian NYC.

A Stroke of Endurancecan be seen Saturday March 24th at 7:00pm. & Sunday March 25th at 2:00pm at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie suite B, Santa Fe New Mexico. There is no fee to addend the screenings but donations are encouraged and accepted to help Teatro Paraguas continue with their mission.

Starring (in order of appearance)


Margot Cole as Ava

Jorgiana Cole as Ava’s Mom

Syndia Batise as Disabled Student 1

Emma Lemanski as Disabled Student 2

Betty Lewin as Professor 1

David Salsbery Fry as Professor 2

Jill Marrello as Academic Advisor

Tim Snoha as Professor Ben

Mark Pauling as Student 1

Pedrin Villaman as Student 2

Johnny Diodato as Student 3

Krysta Williams as Student 4

Ashley Villanueva as Student 5

Izabela Ginda as Bella

Ketrina Hazell as Alice


Written and Directed by Margot Cole

Story editing by Jorgiana Cole

Casting by Margot Cole

Cinematography by Jorgiana Cole. Additional Cinematography by Tim Snoha, Johnny Diodato, Krysta Williams


Music composed by Walei Sabry


Special thanks to

Kingsborough Community College

Lori Zucker

JoJo Tarnoff


Super special thanks to Jorgiana Cole

Margot Cole is the founder of Crip Video Productions and has written and directed all of the films. She holds a Liberal Arts degree from Kingsborough Community College in NYC. As an actor she has performed with "Eldorado Children's Theater", "Umbrella Theater at Teatro Paraguas" (formerly "Southwest Children's Theater" where she first met JoJo Tarnoff), "TaDa Youth Theater" and "Keen Teens 2012". As a writer she won the "A Playwright Grows In Brooklyn" playwriting contest of 2009 at "BrooklynOne Theater". She was a member of "DISLABELED Film Series” in 2012 (formerly "DISLABELEDtv Productions"). She has done volunteer work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is featured in the full length documentary "Enter The Faun" created by “Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects” which is centered around actor/dancer Gregg Mozgala, bodywork, and Cerebral Palsy. Margot has a mild form of Spastic Diplegia, Cerebral Palsy.

Emma Lemanski is a 22 year old Theatre Major at Suffolk County Community College. She has worked on crew for 3 school productions Hair, Marisol, and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. She also played Gladys in her school’s production of Gypsy. Being part of A Stroke of Endurance was such a wonderful experience. Not only was she able to be part of a project that spreads awareness about acceptance, everyone was so nice. A Stroke of Endurance was also Emma’s first experience on camera which was really exciting and she hopes to work with Margot Cole again in the future. Emma looks forward to a career in Acting in the future.

Tim Snoha has performed in off-off Broadway productions of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile and Thorton Wilder’s Our Town. His other recent theater credits include: Did You Ever Go To P.S. 43?, Pillow Talk, and Ferris Wheel. Recently, he performed in Love: Revamped at the Tank Theater and is performing in The Burstroms at the Producers Club.