Uncommon Sense

New York director and local legislators hold autism listening forum

University Relations, UNI

CEDAR FALLS — The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center has invited Andy Paris, director of Uncommon Sense, and Andrew Duff, an actor on the autism spectrum performing in Uncommon Sense, to visit classes in the communications and theatre departments at the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 13, to speak about inciting social change through the use of performance and theatre.

The Gallagher Bluedorn, with support from the Iowa Arts Council, is also sponsoring a Listening Forum with Legislators at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Cedar Falls Public Library. The listening forum will feature individuals who work with, care for and/or live on the autism spectrum and offer a new and broader understanding of what is “normal.”

Uncommon Sense is a theatrical work commissioned by the Gallagher Bluedorn and developed by Tectonic Theater Project of New York, elevating awareness about the autism spectrum. The play follows the lives of multiple families of persons with autism, including stories from Iowa. Intricately woven to encompass different viewpoints, it provides the audience with a rounded perspective of a day in the life.

The Gallagher Bluedorn seeks to raise awareness of individuals who work and live on the autism spectrum. The goal of this production centers around facilitating critical consideration of neurodiversity and disrupting the labeling attached to differently abled bodies. Extraordinarily, Uncommon Sense offers Iowans a national stage to engage the world in powerful dialogue, not only furthering the development of awareness, but more so, nurturing deeper understanding and acceptance.

Uncommon Sense premieres at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Gallagher Bluedorn. Tickets can be purchased at any UNItix location, at www.gbpac.com/uncommonsense or by calling 319-273-4849.