Written by Tectonic Theater Project Company Members Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and Directed by Andy Paris
Scenery John Coyne
Costumes Jacob Climer
Projections David Bengali
Lighting Stephen Petrilli
Sound Stephanie Robinson
"Funny, tragic, important and gorgeous"
—Kimberly Groaning, firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a saying in the autism community "if you've met one person on the spectrum, then you've met one person on the spectrum."
Uncommon Sense is a new play about living with autism—as individuals, families, and communities, and the impact each feels as they strive to be heard and valued. In the tradition of the award-winning Tectonic Theater Project (The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife), company members/playwrights Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris interviewed hundreds of people on the spectrum and their loved ones, in pursuit of authentic experiences and distinctive accounts, and Uncommon Sense tells these stories through theatrical innovation, sensory immersion and personal narrative.
Uncommon Sense will engage you in the intimate lives of four unique families—revealing our challenges with "difference," our common need to be understood, and the lengths we will go for the people we love.
Uncommon Sense premiered at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in January 2017 and played a sold out engagement. The tour will begin in the fall of 2017 and continue into the 2018-19 season.
Read more about theater and the global dialogue surrounding autism.
After a sold-out premiere engagement at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, audiences shared their thoughts and experiences with Uncommon Sense.
Actors: Jessica Almasy, Scott Barrow, Purva Bedi, Carolyn Baeumler, Ron Domingo, Andrew Duff, Jill Frutkin & Zuleyma Guevara.
Photos by Roland Ferrie & Kim Reed, GBPAC, 2017
About the CREATORS
Anushka Paris-Carter spent many years working as an actress in some of New York's most seedy and not so seedy spaces — with some really brilliant companies and some really fab directors. Favorites include Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastic, Lucie Tiberghien's Quiet Room and Marcia- Jean-Kurtz's Between Two Worlds. Anushka studied acting and Performance Art at Australia's National Theater and the Swinburne Institute of Technology. TV credits: Janus for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Fame and Misfortune (also for the ABC) with Kylie Minogue and Host of the X-Games 2000. Writing Credits: The Fan Maker's Inquisition.
Andy Paris has made a career of developing new works for the stage and screen, including The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, The Laramie Project (Emmy nomination), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, by Moises Kaufman, Or,, by Liz Duffy Adams, Lucie Tiberghien’s The Quiet Room, Innocents, by Rachel Dickstein, The Talking Band’s The Neckalce, Matthew Maguire’s Phaedre and Deb Margolin’s Indelible Flesh. As a writer/director: Laramie: 10, Going Public, an original play about our education system; The American Family at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; The Fanmaker's Inquisition, co-adapted with his lovely wife Anushka Paris-Carter from the novel by Rikki Ducornet; Goldstar Ohio, which he directed at The Cleveland Public Theatre; Migration at the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU; Faith Pilger’s The Stages of Burning; and The Corporate Carnival, for The Women’s Project, in which he also performed at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center. Andy has performed in countless other plays in New York, regionally, and in Europe. Regionally, he has been seen at Denver Center, The Huntington, Playmaker’s Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, Hartford Stage, Theatre Virginia, Berkeley Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Favorite roles include Berowne in Love's Labours Lost, Keppler in Richard Goodwin’s Two Men of Florence, directed by Edward Hall, and all of the male roles in A Sleeping Country, by Melanie Marnich, directed by Mark Rucker. FILM/TV credits include Laramie (HBO) and Law & Order (NBC). He has also been the recipient of two AUDIE Awards and a Voice Arts Award for his audiobook narrations. Andy was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of NYU.
ABOUT TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT
Tectonic Theater Project is an award-winning company whose plays are among the most performed around the world. The company is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with audiences on the social, political, and human issues that affect us all. In service to this goal, Tectonic supports readings, workshops, and full theatrical productions, as well as training for students in the company’s trademarked technique, Moment Work. Since its founding by Moisés Kaufman and Jeffrey LaHoste in 1991, Tectonic Theater Project has transformed the landscape of American theater with plays that are stunningly theatrical and powerful agents of change. The company’s groundbreaking plays have included The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, I Am My Own Wife, 33 Variations and The Tallest Tree in the Forest, among others.
Tectonic Theater Project productions have won one Pulitzer Prize; eight Tony nominations; three Tony Awards; four Emmy nominations; three Obie Awards; three Lucille Lortel Awards; two Drama Desk Awards; three Outer Critics Circle Awards; three NAACP Awards; GLAAD Media Award; 2002 Humanitas Prize.
Not only have Tectonic productions been successful artistically, they have also sparked national discourse about their subjects and have inspired artists and audiences worldwide. In fact, President Obama invited Tectonic to the White House to witness the signing of the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, in recognition of Tectonic's contribution to the national dialogue around LGBTQ hate crimes. And, Founder Moisés Kaufman received the 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Obama for his powerful contribution to American theater. As President Obama noted, “[Moisés Kaufman’s] work sensitively probes questions of culture and sexuality. His award- winning Tectonic Theater Project continues to move audiences with its bold portrayals of contemporary social issues.”