I read with interest Craig Lindsey’s Jan. 3 On Culture column “Celebs need to own up to autism spectrum disorder.”
In April, Burning Coal Theatre Company will stage “Spoonface Steinberg,” which explores the inner world of a young girl with autism as she faces a serious illness. British playwright Lee Hall, also the author of “Billy Elliot,” originally wrote Spoonface as a dramatic monologue for radio.
Instead of an actor, Burning Coal’s production will feature a different regional “celebrity” at each performance. This rotating cast – to include business professionals, artists and advocates for persons with disabilities, among others – will help push the play’s central theme that those on the autism spectrum are among us, all around us and in fact are us.
The play also will be performed in some area schools with an actor playing the role. Talkbacks after the school performances will give students the chance to discuss a life so different from, and yet so similar to, their own.
Thanks to Lindsey for contributing to this ongoing conversation about the diversity of abilities. Burning Coal looks forward to picking up the thread in April.
Chair, Board of Directors, Burning Coal Theatre Company