I thought you might be interested in this upcoming festival of theater dealing with neurological conditions, such as autism (and Aspergers). as you can see there are two shows that deal very specifically with the topic, both in a very positive manner. Also, we are looking for panelists to talk about Aspergers and autism in conjunction with these shows. Here are the details: NEUROfestJanuary 5 -29 Theater 5311 West 43rd Street, 5th floor Tickets: $15, 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com http://www.untitledtheater.com/NEUROfest.html Untitled Theater Company #61 explores the nexus of science and art in NEUROfest, the first-ever theater festival dedicated to neurological conditions A collection of theater artists from around the country will present work inspired by various neurological conditions, including:Amnesia (Korsakov's Syndrome), Aphasia, Autism, Capgras Syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), Dementia, Meniere’s Disease, Synesthesia, and Tourette’s Syndrome CJD Written and Directed by James Jordan The BoondogglersCondition dealt with: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (a relative of Mad Cow) A multimedia one man show written and performed by a neurologist about his experience with a patient with CJD, augmented with live music performance. IMPOSTERSby Justin Warner Directed by Ari Laura Keith Glass House ProductionsCondition dealt with: Capgras syndromeInspired by the rare neurological condition Capgras' Syndrome, IMPOSTORS is a quirky, funny, heartfelt exploration of the contradictions and distortions that hold all families together. After a brain injury, a son believes his parents have been replaced with exact duplicates of themselves, triggering a series of events that threatens to unravel the entire family. IMPOSTORS won the Kennedy Center-ACTF playwriting contest for the Mid-Atlantic region, and was also a finalist for the Princess Grace Award. IMPOSTORS will run simultaneously with NEUROfest at the Union Theatre in London. STRANGERS and LINGUISH Written and directed by Edward Einhorn Untitled Theater Co. #61 Conditions dealt with: Amnesia (Korsakov's Syndrome) and Aphasia LINGUISH posits a disease which causes aphasia, the neurological disorder that takes away one's ability to use language. Four relative strangers are among the first to be affected, and are thrown together in quarantine. As the disease affects them, they are forced to try to find new ways to communicate. In STRANGERS a man and a woman are in what seems to be a doctor's waiting room. Is it? If so, what's wrong? SYNDROMEby Kirk Wood Bromley Performed and directed by Timothy McCowen ReynoldsInverse Theater Company Condition dealt with: Tourette’sSyndrome is a play about a man sitting in his room attempting to muster the courage to meet his parents for dinner. We quickly discover that there are reasons for his anxiety, stemming from his submission to a "spectrum of psychological disorders" that have taken over his mind. Nothing, however, is really wrong with him. TABULA RASA Words by Robert Lawson, Music by Henry AkonaDirected by Henry AkonaMusic Direction by Ekaterina StanislavskayaHigh Fidelity TheaterCondition dealt with: AutismAn opera featuring interlinked stories of two children, both lost in the woods. One, a 19th century tale inspired by stories of the Wild Boy of Aveyron and other children who grew up in the wild. The other, the 21st century tale of a young girl lost in the forest of mood altering medications. Tabula Rasa examines the effects of nature and nurture, and the fundamental meaning of language and human relationships. WELCOME TO TOURETTAVILLE! by Jonathan Ospa, June Rachelson-Ospa, and Daniel Neiden Music by Jody Gray, Doug Katsaros and Daniel NeidenDirected by Daniel Neiden Condition dealt with: Tourette's Syndrome A musical inspired by a young boy's dreamworld where 4 aliens, Tick, Blinky, Screamer, and the guru of all Tourettians, The Big Bleeper, befriend and inspire him toward self-acceptance. The musical was co-written by June Rachelson-Ospa and her 7 year old son Jonny Ospa. NEUROshorts (NEUROshorts is one entire evening) THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A ROBOT by Edward Einhorn Directed by Barry Weil Evolve Theater Company Condition dealt with: Autism (Aspergers)A fairy tale set on another planet, this is a Pinnochio story in reverse, about a child who grows up in a robot country and just wants to be a robot like everyone else. VESTIBULARby: Kelly R. Haydon Directed by: Jolie Tong Monkey Business Productions Length: 20 minutes Condition dealt with: Meniere's disease As vertigo routinely attacks a former dancer stricken with Meniere's Disease, an informal conversation with his nurse turns into a revelation that challenges the idea of dependency as a passive force THE TASTE OF BLUE by Alexandra Edwards Directed by Julia MartinThe Transformative Theater Company Conditions dealt with: Synesthesia, Eidetic memoryThe sound of the saxophone is blue. The letter O is blue. And blue tastes good. A woman describes her world, in which every sense calls up another. When the world turns gray, she must turn to her own imaginary landscape, filled with memories, to find something delicious. DOCTORS JANE AND ALEXANDER by Edward Einhorn Directed by Ian Hill GeminiCollisionWorks Condition dealt with: Dementia A found text plays about a psychologist now suffering from dementia, and her father, the discoverer of the Rh factor. Plus: For One Night Only! CINCINATTI by Don Nigro Directed by John Clancy Theater Company: Clancy ProductionsCondition dealt with: Brain tumorsA one woman show by Nancy Walsh, a portrait of madness—originally performed after the removal of a brain tumor from Nancy Walsh, allowing her to only say things she had already memorized. Done in conjunction with a seminar.
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