WITH MY EYES SHUT BY KIRA ROCKWELL

A WORLD PREMIERE

directed by Abigail Birkett

 

Cast:

NAOMI...............................................Zoë Kerr
COLE..................................................Michael McMillan
ASST. STAGE MANAGER...............Carissa Jade Olsen

 

Production Team:

DIRECTOR: Abigail Birkett

PLAYWRIGHT: Kira Rockwell

STAGE MANAGER: Hillary Collazo Abbott

SCENIC/COSTUME/LIGHTING DESIGN: Ryan Schaap

SOUND DESIGN: Ryan Swift Joyner

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Mark Rockwell

MARKETING: Stefany Cambra

Two people on the autism spectrum find themselves stuck in clown school to learn social skills. Naomi (Zoë Kerr), a dance prodigy in her twenties, feels in colors and refuses to wear a clown nose. Cole (Michael McMillian), a percussion virtuoso, can recite a complete history of the xylophone, but won’t meet your eyes. Measured against scales of social competence, they’ll push the boundaries of compliance to find connection in an isolating world and shatter the complacency of the nameless faces and disembodied voices running the show.  

"Birkett believes that part of the problem is that there are not a lot of roles created for people with social, mental, and physical disabilities... Plays like With My Eyes Shut may start to change that."

- Shelly Kenneavy
KERA / Art+Seek

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF BLYTHE DEVER.

Performances: Sunday, February 28th at 5:00 p.m.  |  Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m.  |  Saturday, March 5th at 8:00 p.m.

This play was produced as part of The Out Of The Loop Festival