Tectonic Theater Project



Tickets available here.


By Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris

Directed by Andy Paris

Under the Artistic Direction of Moisés Kaufman

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is pleased to present the New York premiere of Tectonic Theater Project’s production of Uncommon Sense, a new play about living on the autism spectrum, written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris under the artistic direction of Tectonic’s founder, Moisés Kaufman. Uncommon Sense runs October 25 – November 26 at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street, NYC).

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 features 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.

Uncommon Sense will run for five weeks only, with performances October 25-30, November 1, 3-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21, 24 & 25 at 8pm; November 2 & 19 at 7pm; November 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 3pm; and November 4, 11, 18, 22, 24 & 25 at 2pm. Critics are welcome October 30 and November 1 at 8pm for an official opening November 2 at 7pm. Tickets are available online at www.sheencenter.org, by phone at 212-925-2812, or in person at The Sheen Center.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11am – 5pm, and an hour before each performance at The Sheen Center.



The shows November 11 at 2pm and November 19 at 3pm will be Relaxed Performances, intended to attract and accommodate individuals who may not be able to comply with traditional theater etiquette. At these performances, all noises, movements and behaviors are welcomed and supported. Additionally, there are slight modifications to technical elements, such as light and sound, to make the performance more comfortable for individuals with sensory sensitivities. In advance of Relaxed Performances, preparatory materials such as an Uncommon Sense Social Narrative and Character Guide will be made available to those attending.

Uncommon Sense will be presented in an inclusive, judgment-free environment. In addition to offering scheduled Relaxed Performances, Tectonic and the Sheen Center welcome audience members of all abilities to all performances. At no point will anyone be shushed or asked to leave due to noises, movements or behaviors related to a cognitive or developmental disability.


There will be talkbacks with the cast and creative team and special guests including activists and industry experts after the Saturday matinee performances on November 4, 11, 18 and 25.  See here for more information.

Special panel discussion after the November 5 performance entitled Autism and Faith: Animating Hope.

November 16 will be an ASL Interpreted Performance. For more information, please visit www.handson.org


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. Reviewing the production, local newspaper The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier said,

“Uncommon Sense is relevant. It’s also
funny, tragic, important and gorgeous.”

After performances of the sold-out, premiere engagement at the
Gallagher Bluedorn PAC, audiences shared their thoughts and experiences with
Uncommon Sense:
To learn more about Uncommon Sense and to book for 2018-19, click here.


With Uncommon Sense, Tectonic returns to New York City with a full production for the first time since Daniel Beaty’s The Tallest Tree in the Forest, at BAM in 2015.


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.