World Premiere Production
by Pat Curtis
Directed by Jason Paul Smith
October 24 to November 16, 2013
Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 4:00pm & 7:30pm
Preview Tickets(October 24): $20
5 for 5 Tickets: $5 (The first five tickets to each show are only $5)
When a young couple’s son is diagnosed with autism, they grapple with the extraordinary challenges that follow. Conflicting medical opinions and an abundance of inconsistent information might be the least of their challenges. As they struggle to accept and understand their son’s condition, they discover life’s more ordinary issues won’t wait. Joint Attention explores the pitfalls of a still poorly understood condition and the dedication and determination required to address it.
Featuring Catherine Dildilian, Nick Strauss, Molly Bunder, and Valerie Gorman
Stage Managed by Grace Allen, Set Design and Lighting by Pat Henderson, Costume and Prop Design by John Buranosky, Graphic Design by Rob Dorn, and Original Music by Gary Gimmestad
Three Cat Production’s Joint Attention is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.
Pat Curtis is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. The inspiration for Joint Attention came from her work as a school psychologist, where she encountered families dealing with the devastating effects of autism and was touched by their heroism and determination in seeking treatment for their children. The play was part of the 2013 Chicago New Work Festival. Curtis’ 10-minute comedy, Sibling Ribaldry, was part of the “Best of the Tens” Second City showcase in November 2012.
Jason Paul Smith has directed film, cabaret, and theater across the United States. He is founder and Artistic Director of Three Cat Productions. He has produced and directed many Chicago productions including a cabaret and theater series at the Skokie Theater Music Foundation. He recently was awarded a 2009 Ragdale Residency for the documentary entitled “Don’t Mess with Bill: The Story of Dorothy Fairbairn”.