The Sheen Center Presents The Tectonic Theater Project Production of

Uncommon Sense

By Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris
Directed by Andy Paris

Wednesday, October 25, 2017–Sunday, November 26, 2017

Loreto Theater


Don't miss Uncommon Sense! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Time Out NY

“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."  - The New York Times

"Moving and at times surprisingly funny...a compassionate and nuanced work...Uncommon Sense invites us to experience a diverse and vibrant spectrum."  - Time Out New York

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“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”

– Dr. Stephen Shore, The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions

The Sheen Center is proud to present the New York premiere of Tectonic Theater Project’s production of Uncommon Sense, a new play about autism heralded as “funny, tragic, important, and gorgeous.”*

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 for five weeks only from October 25 to November 26.

From the creators of The Laramie ProjectGross Indecency, and 33 VariationsUncommon Sense is a new play about living life on the autism spectrum.

Meet Moose, Dan, Jess, and Lali, four people on the spectrum, and discover the remarkable ways they and their families conquer challenges through humor, determination and love.

Inspired by interviews with real people, this multimedia play reveals our universal challenges with “difference,” our desire to connect, and the lengths we will go for the people we love.

This production 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 show on November 19 at 3:00 pm will be a Relaxed Performance, 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 will be slight modifications to technical elements, such as light and sound, to make the performance more comfortable for individuals with sensory sensitivities.

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 after the Saturday matinee performance on November 25.  See here for more information.

Autistic License: The Art of Pure Vision art exhibition will run in the Gallery at the Sheen Center during the run of the show

* Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Uncommon Sense is recommended for ages 13 and up.

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Tectonic Theater Project  Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director  Matt Joslyn, Executive Director

Mainspring Arts Cooperative Executive Producer


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November 25

The Evolution of Uncommon Sense

Panelists: Anushka Paris-Carter, Uncommon Sense Co-Author, Andy Paris, Uncommon Sense Co-Author and Director

Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project

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.