WORLD PREMIERE OF JESSICA CAVANAGH'S SELF- INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR
FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS RONNIE MARMO AND JOE MANTEGNA
WITH KRISTEN AND MARK MACHIEDO
Theatre 68 Presents the World Premiere of Jessica Cavanagh's Self-Injurious Behavior
Directed by Marianne Galloway
Produced by Laura Buchwald and Bren Rapp
Presented In Special Partnership with Autism Works Now
Also benefiting The Ed Asner Family Center
PREVIEWS AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 1
PRODUCTION RUN SEPTEMBER 6-28
AUGUST 30TH SPECIAL LAUNCH EVENT FEATURING A TALKBACK AND MEET AND GREET WITH JOE MANTEGNA
SEPTEMBER 6TH SPECIAL OPENING NIGHT EVENT FEATURING A TALKBACK AND MEET AND GREET WITH ED ASNER
After a successful and critically acclaimed workshop run in the summer of 2018 in Dallas at Theatre Three, emerging playwright, Jessica Cavanagh, along with Dallas based producer Bren Rapp, took her autobiographical play about motherhood under the most extreme circumstances, Self-Injurious Behavior, to New York for a twelve performance AEA showcase run at Urban Stages in April of 2019. It was there it caught the attention of veteran actor/director/producer Ronnie Marmo and Tony Winning star of stage and screen, Joe Mantegna who are now bringing the world premiere full production to North Hollywood and Marmo's Theatre 68
Self-Injurious Behavior is based on Jessica Cavanaghs story of love, loss, and survival. When severely autistic eleven- year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland who desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local Renaissance faire. Summer spends the weekend plagued by haunting dreams of her son and memories of her marriage, and is forced to face her need to let go. With her bittersweet blend of honesty and humor, Jessica Cavanagh has captured, in telling her own story, a voice that speaks to the qualities within us all to cope with our own unimaginable and to continue to live. This is a story not only about autism and motherhood, but about the resilience of the human spirit.
NOT ONLY A PRODUCTION BUT AN AWARENESS AND OUTREACH PROGRAM CRAFTED BY THE PRODUCERS, AUTISM WORKS NOW AND THEATRE 68
A PERCENTAGE OF ALL TICKETS SOLD GOES DIRECTLY TO AUTISM WORKS NOW
AUTISM WORKS NOW PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS WILL BE EMPLOYED BY THEATRE 68 ON PERFORMANCE DAYS
AUTISM WORKS NOW'S BUSINESS RUN BY PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS, GLORIOUS PIES WILL BE ABLE TO SELL THEIR BAKED GOODS AT PERFORMANCES
SPECIAL TALK-BACK EVENT WITH EXPERTS, PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS, FAMILIES AND CELEBRITIES WILL BE PRESENTED AFTER SELECT PERFORMANCES
Autism Works Now provides workplace readiness skills resulting in meaningful, dignified employment for individuals with autism and related disorders. Their sole mission is employment for individuals with autism and related differences, with a goal of having small businesses completely owned, operated by and staffed with individuals on the spectrum within five years.
The Ed Asner Family Center promotes self-confidence in differently abled individuals and brings balance and wellness to those individuals and their families.
Jonathan Brooks Freeman
Janie Haddad Tompkins
Theatre 68 (View)
5112 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
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