Known for providing classes, workshops and other developmental opportunities for young people on the autism spectrum, Akron-based Center for Applied Drama & Autism (CADA) will present, through its performance wing, Theatre on the Spectrum, Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie."

Theatre on the Spectrum has designed a production of the play that will tour to locations in North, South, West and Central Akron. The theme of the production is autism within the family and the community. This production will include young people on the spectrum, on stage and backstage, who have been working with theatre professionals who have provided training and mentoring throughout the process. All actors and crew will receive stipends for their work thanks to the generous contribution of the Knight Foundation.

As a part of the production, Theatre on the Spectrum has designed special "surround scenes" and experiences that will provide audiences with a greater understanding of the challenges facing people on the autism spectrum and their families. After the performances, audience talk-backs hosted by autism experts and experienced parents will encourage viewers to reflect on their own challenges and share current resources for families living with autism.

Performances at CADA Studios, located in the basement annex of the Evans Building, 333 S. Main Street, will begin Thursday, September 8th and will run through Sunday, September 11th. The following week performances will be held at the Kenmore Community Center, Shaw JCC and Trinity United Church in North Hill. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to all performances.

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