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Play Explores Autism’s Impacts On Family; Reading Raises Money For Nonprofit

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"Falling," which will be performed in a virtual reading this week, explores the delicate balances made by a family with an autistic son and what happens when those balances are ... Read more →

Aired: January 14, 2021 | Transcript

“How do you love someone who is difficult to love?” That’s one of the questions posed by the play "Falling," which will be performed in a virtual reading this week.

The play, written by Deanna Jent, explores the delicate balances made by a family with an autistic son and what happens when those balances are upended.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Unscripted Learning

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Proceeds from the ticket sales for the streamed performance of "Falling" will support Unscripted Learning, a San Diego nonprofit that uses improvisation to teach social skills to kids and teens on the autism spectrum.

Gary Kramer is the executive director of Unscripted Learning and the artistic director for National Comedy Theatre. He’s also a performer in the staged reading of "Falling." He said he saw "Falling" performed live a couple of years ago.

"It just rang very true, it seemed to line up very well with what many of the parents of kids in our program have to deal with, which is 'what happens when your kid suddenly gets older and how do we deal with them and what does that do to the structure of the family," Kramer said.

Unscripted Learning's virtual play reading of "Falling" is available for streaming anytime from Thursday through Sunday. Tickets support can be purchased at UnscriptedLearning.org.

Kramer joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the play and the nonprofit he leads.

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