Uncommon Sense

New York director to visit Cedar Valley to speak about new play on autism

University Relations, UNI

CEDAR FALLS — Andy Paris, director of Uncommon Sense, and Andrew Duff, an actor on the autism spectrum performing in Uncommon Sense, will present “Uncommon Sense: An Exploration of Autism Using Theatrical Form” at the 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Summit on Friday, Oct. 14, at Allen College.

The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center has also invited Paris and Duff to visit classes in the communications and theatre departments at UNI to speak about inciting social change through the use of performance and theatre.

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.