Spiderman 3 (Photo credit: Oscar J Baeza)
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is that Broadway musical version of Spider-Man
that was plagued by accidents and legal problems.
Now that things are running much smoother for the production, they have
announced they will be performing a first-ever autism-friendly production!
The show is going to seriously cut down on things like strobe lights and
loud, harsh sounds that could really bother an autistic person.
There will also be autism experts staffing quiet areas inside the theater.
They’ll have bean bag chairs and coloring books for anyone who is
overwhelmed by the show and needs a break.
The director of the Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit that provides
access to live theater, said:
“We’re grateful to the show’s producers, management and creative staff
and crew for accommodating the Autism Theatre Initiative and uniting with us
to make the show an unforgettable experience for all.”
The nonprofit bought every single matinee ticket there was for the April
27th show at Foxwoods Theatre and will offer them at a discount to autistic
kids and adults.
Tickets will range in price from $35-$80, so if you have an autistic family
member, friend or have autism yourself, grab a ticket and go see one heck of
Joan and Allan Bernikow Building 1466 Manor Rd Staten Island, NY, 10314
Saturday, March 9th
6:30 PM Wine and Cheese
7:15 PM Feature Film: Wampler’s Ascent (77 min)
Steve Wampler, a man with severe form of cerebral palsy ascends the biggest rock face in the world, El Captain in Yosemite National Park. 20,000 pull-ups, 5 nights 6 days on the sheer face of the mountain and, with only the use of one limb, this is a story of terror and triumph. Steve Wampler’s story is a American feel-good tale which will leave the viewer inspired and happy.
Sunday, March 10th
2:00 PM Short Film: Willowbrook (16 min)
In 1964, a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, only to discover that the institution is conducting Army-funded experiments on developmentally disabled children. Based on true events, Willowbrook addresses the awful conditions in which people with developmental disabilities were warehoused and the controversial research experiments that took place in the 1960s.
2:30 PM Feature Film: The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes (110 min)
Alex’s high opinion of himself isn’t backed up by reality as he is unemployed and having trouble with his girlfriend. When he finally gets a job with the local council/municipality of Hudiksvall his life is about to change. Suddenly Alex finds himself the leader of a local theatre group of people with learning difficulties. Through their work together, Alex comes to appreciate that we all have our own talents which can grow if given the opportunity and support. “How many cranberries are in the world?” is based on the work of the Glada Hudik Theatre whose performances have met with success in Sweden and internationally since it was formed in 1996.