Center for Applied Drama and Autism

Via The Miami Foundation

Goal

The Glass Menagerie Through the Prism of Autism: Providing audiences with a greater understanding of the challenges facing people with autism with a theater experience that shows what life is like on the spectrum

Using the arts as a way to promote greater understanding, the company will present Tennessee Williams’ “Glass Menagerie” interpreted through the prism of autism. The unique production will include scenes plus pre- and post-show experiences to provide audiences with a greater understanding of the challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. For example, audiences will watch a scene with technology layered on to simulate the sensory overloads that can overwhelm people with autism. The production also will explore the family dynamics involving a young girl with special needs in scenes inspired by Tennessee Williams’ early years. The piece will be produced by Theatre on the Spectrum, the performance wing of the Center for Applied Drama and Autism, which employs local theater artists, and provides professional training, internships and careers for young people with autism.

Project Team

The Miami Foundation