ZACH Theatre has always made inclusivity a mainstay of our productions. To continue this tradition, we have created a performance especially tailored to families with members on the autism spectrum.
For ZACH’s performance:
We will make environmental alterations including lighting, sound, and more relaxed house rules.
We will use glow sticks to indicate where potentially loud noises, big movements, or changes may occur.
All seating will be general admission to better accommodate individual family needs.
Each family will have more space to spread out in the theater before, during and after the performance.
Families will be allowed to come and go as needed during the performance.
We will provide quiet space in the lobby or on the plaza (should weather cooperate)..
Staff will be on hand to help with any needs for you and your family.
The run time of the performance is 55 minutes.
Description of show:
Tomás, the young son of migrant farm workers, spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories and practicing English translations. A chance encounter brings him to the local Carnegie Library where he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this inspirational story suggests what reading — and self-respect — can make possible. This production will be done in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.