New play on autism to be performed at McNeese

New play on autism to be performed at McNeese

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With more cases of autism showing up among children, a better understanding of the condition is needed. That’s why the McNeese Theatre is presenting a play on the topic this spring.

“We started gathering material," said Charles McNeely, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at McNeese State University. "That’s the first stage is finding information. I was fascinated by things that I was finding; stories of people and what they overcame.”

Charles McNeely said two upcoming input sessions are being held to gather information for the play.

“Everybody can contribute something; a story or an idea. We will theatricalize it by improvising, by just brainstorming. How can we do this so that ultimately it needs to do two things? It needs to be the truth and it needs to be useful in some way.”

McNeely said the McNeese Autism Program and St. Nicholas Center are involved.

“This is for anyone on the planet who has, is, or will come in contact with someone who has autism or Asperger’s. We want them to understand that when they see something, someone behaving a little differently, we want them to know why so they can relate to them better.”

Rehearsals on the autism play start Jan. 14 at Tritico Theatre. McNeely hopes the idea catches on nationwide. For more information, contact McNeely at 337-475-5041.

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