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UNCOMMON SENSE

THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF OF UNCOMMON SENSE, WAS PRESENTED AT THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT AND CULTURE FROM OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 26, 2017

By Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris

Directed by Andy Paris

Under the Artistic Direction of Moisés Kaufman

Inspired by true stories of people living on the spectrum, Uncommon Sense delves into the mysteries of the brain. This multimedia play weaves together the four personal journeys of Dan, Jess, Moose, and Lali—and their families and friends— as it reveals our universal challenges with “difference,” our desire to connect, and the lengths to which we go for the people we love. Uncommon Sense embraces all audiences, from those finally seeing their experiences reflected on the stage, to those peering into the autism world for the very first time.

The cast featured Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Party People, Pericles); Jessica Almasy (A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Enjoy), co-founder of beloved theater company the TEAM; Michi Barall (writer of Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band); longtime Tectonic collaborator Scott Barrow (33 Variations, The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, The Dead Man’s Curve); Purva Bedi (Idiot, Veil’d); Andrew Duff (Where Are We Now); the TEAM co-founder Jill Frutkin (Crush); and Brian Hastert (Of Good Stock, A Future Perfect), also a co-founder of the TEAM.

Additional programming for Uncommon Sense included two relaxed performances, talkbacks with the cast and industry and accessibility professionals, and an ASL interpreted performance. Uncommon Sense was presented in an inclusive, judgment-free environment. In addition to offering scheduled Relaxed Performances, audience members of all abilities were welcome at all performances.

Mainspring Arts Cooperative is Executive Producer of Uncommon Sense. The work made its world premiere at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at the University of Northern Iowa, which commissioned it, in January 2017.

“The play illustrates just how broad and multi-cultural the autism spectrum is. As the reach of diversity continues to expand, it’s surely time for the theater to embrace, as performers and subjects, the one-percent of our human community that is not neuro-typical. Co-authors, Ms. Paris-Carter and Mr. Paris, as members of Tectonic Theater Project, are expert mosaicists, comfortable with the process of research and montage that produced earlier Tectonic docu-plays like The Laramie Project.”

-Jesse Green, The New York Times

Check out audience reactions from the Off-Broadway premiere at The Sheen Center:

To learn more about Uncommon Sense and to book for 2018-19, click here.

 

Check out the Uncommon Sense Study Guide for more information on the characters and subjects discussed in Uncommon Sense.

 

 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

Photos by Joan Marcus, © 2017