“Behind the Mask,” a play exploring the hidden motivations of bullying in a high school setting, will be performed Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10 at the Blue Box Theatre, 1501 S. Hawkins Ave., as part of the Center for Applied Drama & Autism’s programming.
The play is written by Josh Dushack, a playwright and autism advocate from Pittsburgh, and will be given during a workshop production by Theatre on the Spectrum’s Youth Company.
In the spring of 2016, Theatre on the Spectrum staged a public reading of Dushack’s script.
According to the theatre group, audience response was so positive, the troupe decided to move forward with a workshop production of “Behind the Mask,” with a focus on digging in to the characterizations and relationships with minimal sets and costumes.
Directed by Wendy Duke, co-founder of The Center for Applied Drama & Autism, the cast features students from Saint Vincent-Saint, Mary, Medina and Firestone high schools, Old Trail School, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts as well as one of the adult Theatre on the Spectrum company members.
Performances take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. in CADA’s new location in the Village at New Season, 1501 S Hawkins Ave.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended by calling (234) 678-7830.