In the theater, acting is all about building relationships with the audience.
But what if the characters – or even the actors – were autistic? What if they have trouble communicating or expressing emotions?
Those are the first of several murky questions a new show called “Uncommon Sense” will raise at its upcoming world premiere at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
The show’s co-writers, Andy Paris and Anushka Paris-Carter, were inspired to launch the project after their daughter was placed on the autism spectrum in 2008. Her diagnosis was a cumbersomely titled condition called Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), which only prompted more questions: What is typical behavior? When their daughter seems to drift in and out, where does she go? What does she hear? And how will all of that shape her future?