BEAUTIFUL AUTISTIC by Resident Playwright Scott Woldman
Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, Associate Artistic Director at Chicago Dramatists
Running February 4 to March 14
It's the early 90s in Chicago, and 24-year-old Jimmy has a terrible time making friends. Despite his uncommonly good looks, casual banter in bars comes screeching to a halt when he begins to rattle off facts about nanotechnology or dark matter, topics about which he is deeply obsesseddue to his autism. Comedy ensues when Eric a young man whose social graces are just as awkward takes Jimmy on as his wingman and attempts to tutor him in the art of the pick-up. As each attempt to meet women goes more drastically awry, Eric's frustration mounts and Jimmy grows increasingly desperate to please him. The humor in the play takes a dark turn when Eric pushes Jimmy too far and Jimmy pushes back.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Scott Woldman is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, Redtwist Theatre and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. He is a veteran comedian, improviser, storyteller and performance poet. He is a former member of the famed Free Associates improv ensemble and half of the comedic storytelling duo, Bikerman and The Jewish Avenger. With his unique brand of comedic poetry, Scott has represented Chicago at the National Poetry Slam and has performed at poetry venues, readings and slams across the nation, including the Chicago Poetry Centre's No Love for Love Anti-Valentine show, which was hosted by Ira Glass. Woldman's work has been produced by Redtwist Theatre, The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, The Artistic Home, Under The Gun Theatre, Stangeloop Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, The Playground Theatre, Ouribos Theatre and The Second City. His plays are featured in Metropolis' After Dark comedy series, and Redtwist's Dark Red comedy series. Three of his screenplays have been optioned, including the film adaptation of one of his late-night comedies, Drunk and Ready, which is scheduled for 2015 production.
ABOUT CHICAGO DRAMATISTS
Established in 1979, Chicago Dramatists is a non-profit theatre dedicated to nurturing playwrights, developing new plays, and enriching the national theatre repertory. Chicago Dramatists is home to 32 Resident Playwrights and a creative source to over 150 Network Playwrights.
Through workshops, readings, classes, full productions and special programs, Chicago Dramatists provides opportunities for beginning and established dramatists to develop their work, expand their professional affiliations, showcase their plays to the theatre marketplace and collaborate with actors, directors and audiences during the creative process. The organization offers theatres and audiences a central resource to discover the plays and playwrights that will shape the theatre of the 21st century.
Every year, plays developed at Chicago Dramatists earn hundreds of professional accomplishments, including productions, awards, commissions and readings at theatres in Chicago and worldwide. Distinguished alumni of Chicago Dramatists include Tina Fey (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live), Rick Cleveland (writer and producer of The West Wing, Six Feet Under and Mad Men), and Rebecca Gilman (Pulitzer nominee and Dramatists Guild Council member) among others.
Chicago Dramatists is proud of the important role it has played in transforming Chicago from a town nearly void of new work in the 1970s to a national center for playwrights and new plays today. For more information, go to www.chicagodramatists.org.
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