Chicago New Work Festival’s Final Installment Explores The Challenges Of Autism

May 10, 2013, Chicago, IL – Rehearsals are began for Joint Attention, the seventh and last play of Three Cat Productions’ Chicago New Work Festival.  Open rehearsals will be held all week from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with public attendance encouraged for a $5.00 suggested donation.  The final reading will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660.  Tickets are available for $10.00.

A young couple faces extraordinary challenges when their two-year-old son is diagnosed with autism.  As they struggle to make sense of conflicting opinions on causes and treatment, their personal relationship is strained.  Joint Attention playwright Pat Curtis drew from her experiences dealing with autism as a psychologist to create this authentic look at a relatively unexplored modern issue.

The Chicago New Work Festival, running through May 18, is part of Three Cat Productions’ efforts to showcase Chicago playwrights, foster relationships between Chicago playwrights and directors, and to bring new work programming to the Edgewater area.  It is also Three Cat’s first run of major programming since partnering with the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Cultural Center in February.

The previous installments of the Chicago New Work Festival were Sasha Dune by Lisa Scott, Light by Jarrin Davis, Kate’s Dates by Kate Loftus, adapted by JD Ostergaard, Investigate and Protect by Liz Ellison, Endangered by David Alex, and The Newlyweds by Wendy Schmidt.

Three Cat Productions’ 2013 season recently featured Bab Fab, the 6th Annual Barbra Streisand Birthday Concert on April 20, and upcoming events include SOLO Chicago, a showcase for individual performances running June 5 – 15; and Cabaret on the Lake, Fridays in June and July. Three Cat Education (the education arm of Three Cat Productions) will run a spring youth production The Magic Games and Other Storybook Stuff on May 18 and 19, as well as, summer theater camps from June 17 to August 16.

Tickets and more information are available online at, by emailing or by calling Three Cat Productions at (312) 970-9840.


Three Cat Productions was founded in 2007 with a mission to create connections between theater, music, audience and artists through the production of cabaret concerts, contemporary musicals and plays, the re-invention of classic work, the development of new works and new artists, and by creating educational and outreach opportunities for the Chicagoland community. Visit the web site at