MTL Fringe 2018: Playwright-actor Christine Rodriguez brings the autobiographical “The Autism Monologues” to the Fringe

Featured 2018 St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival Production

Stephen Booth and Jacqueline van de Geer in “The Autism Monologues” (Photo: Christine Rodriguez)

Following in the footsteps of her award-winning play Dreaming in Autism, playwright and actor Christine Rodriguez brings to the stage a sequel of sorts in The Autism Monologues. “This play is a natural progression from ‘Dreaming in Autism’ which is an autobiographical account of my life with my son who has mild autism,” explains Rodriguez, “But autism is diverse. There is a spectrum of symptoms that range from mild to severe. There is far more than one story to tell. Through ‘The Autism Monologues’, I’m able to present autism from many different points of view.”

The play features almost two dozen characters, each dealing with autism in their own way, for better, for worse. They include autistic people, some verbal, some non-verbal, family members of autistic individuals, mothers, fathers and siblings, and members of the community who deal with people with autism, such as therapists and educators. The audience gets to view a snippet of each character’s life through the lens of a monologue.

Jen Viens, who directs the play, explains, “I’m excited to be a part of a production that is giving a voice to those whose lives are touched by autism, either directly or indirectly. What’s more, this play isn’t about a larger overarching goal; it’s simply about giving space for honest stories of what this world is like with compassion and respect.”

Rodriguez has received support in the past to help her develop The Autism Monologues from Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program and a short term mentorship and studio residence from Montréal, arts interculturels. “I’ve worked on this play for a long time and I think there’s still room for it to grow,” she explains, “I hope it’s as well received as ‘Dreaming in Autism’. I have to admit, writing other’s people’s stories is an entirely different experience. But we all have so much in common with our experiences. It’s written from the heart.”

The Autism Monologues plays at Studio Jean-Valcourt du Conservatoire June 7th to 17th as part of the 2018 St-Ambroise Festival Fringe de Montréal.

The 2018 St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival presents
La Tigressa Productions’ “The Autism Monologues”

Venue: Studio Jean-Valcourt du Conservatoire
4750 Henri-Julien

Show times:
Thursday, June 7th at 9:45pm
Saturday, June 9th at 2:15pm
Monday, June 11th at 7:15pm
Wednesday, June 13th at 6pm
Friday, June 15th at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 17th at 2:30pm

Admission: $10 (General Admission)
Ages: 16+ | Language: English | Run time: 60 | Latecomers: 5 minutes

Tickets and Info: 514 849-FEST

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