Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences presents Mockingbird
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Adapted by Julie Jensen from the 2010 award-winning book by Kathryn Erskine, this vibrant and moving world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community.
A world premiere Kennedy Center and VSA commission
based on the National Book Award–winning novel by Kathryn Erskine - Mockingbird.
Adapted by Julie Jensen
Directed by Tracy Callahan
Featuring Aaron Bliden, Rex Daugherty, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Susan Lynskey, Thony Mena, Tia Shearer, Dylan Silver, and Kathryn Tkel
"Mockingbird offers a finely nuanced look at grief, love, and autism with a hearty dose of laughter mixed with the tears... This Mockingbird not only has heart, it positively soars."--DC Metro Theater Arts
Caitlin's world has always been black and white. As an 11-year-old on the autism spectrum, she used to rely on her older brother to help make sense of things beyond dictionaries, schedules, and the facial expressions chart at school. But now that he's gone, she's all on her own. With the support of her advisor, father, and a new reading buddy, Caitlin begins to understand how to get close to people again, embrace the "messiness" of emotions, and use her burgeoning artistic talents to move on. Hailed as "extraordinary… [a] moving and insightful masterpiece" by Publishers Weekly, Kathryn Erskine's 2010 National Book Award–winning young adult novel has been adapted for the stage by Julie Jensen, a recipient of the Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays. Directed by Tracy Callahan, this moving, vibrant, and surprisingly humorous world premiere play shows how the perseverance of one girl can change a community--and how black and white can always be complemented by a kaleidoscope of colors.