Northeast Theatres to Hold “Relaxed” Performances for Theatregoers on Autism Spectrum

News   Northeast Theatres to Hold “Relaxed” Performances for Theatregoers on Autism Spectrum
Autism-friendly performances will be offered in six theatres over the next two years.

Over the next two years, theatres in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will offer “relaxed” performances, which are adjusted (but not limited to) theatregoers on the autism spectrum.

Funded by Theatre Communications Group’s Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grant, the theatres will offer a total of 10-12 relaxed performances over the next two years, according to American Theatre, a publication of TCG. The six theatres, led by People’s Light in Pennsylvania, proposed and created this project independently.

According to TCG, these performances are specially adjusted, sensory-friendly shows for those on the autism spectrum and those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and agoraphobia. The participating institutions are Delaware Theatre Company; McCarter Theatre Center in New Jersey; and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, People’s Light, Theatre Horizon and Montgomery Theater in Pennsylvania.

Upcoming relaxed performances for specific shows include Teen Sherlock by Bill D’Agostino (October 20 at 7 PM at Montgomery Theater); Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto by Pete Pryor and Samantha Reading with music and lyrics by Alex Bechtel (January 15, 2017, at 2 PM at People’s Light); TBA at McCarter Theatre Center in April 2017; and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Dwayne Hartford, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo (May 28, 2017, at 2 PM at People’s Light).

To learn more about Theatre Communications Group and the Audience (R)Evolution project, visit

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