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Asbury Park Press: Autism awareness at Two River

by Ilana Keller

Two River Theater in Red Bank announced a lineup of events, resources and activities to honor Autism Acceptance Month.

Under usual circumstances, Two River offers relaxed performances that allow for a “welcoming and judgement-free theater experience where usual theater etiquette ‘rules’ do not apply,” including lighting and sound adjustments, quiet and relaxation areas and more, as well as theater classes that service people on the autism spectrum and/or other special needs through its Spectrum Theater Residency program.

Since COVID has forced programming to go virtual, Two River has crafted a slate of free online resources and activities including weekly theater exercises, a live Facebook story time and a resource round table for family, friends and students.

Pantomime Pass is one of the virtual classes offered by Two River Theater for Autism Awareness Month.

“We miss sharing space with our students and patrons on the autism spectrum,” said director of education Kate Cordaro in a news release, “so these theater exercises and events are a way to connect with our imaginations, emotions and each other. We hope to share some moments of joy and inspiration throughout the month.”

Theater exercises videos, including Pantomime Pass, Let’s Take A Walk, Feeling Photos, Characters with Hats and Katie’s Craft Corner, can be found at tworivertheater.org/education/autism-acceptance-month. Story time with Amanda, “Benji, The Bad Day and Me,” will take place on Facebook Live at 11 a.m. April 21, and a program called “The Joy of the Arts in the Autism Community” will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. April 27.

For more information, visit tworivertheater.org/education/autism-acceptance-month.