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About the Grant

$18,000 to support Silas the Teenager (MAP 2007), a multi-media theater piece by Aaron Jungels that uses video, text, movement, and kinetic sculptural set elements to explore autism in teens.

About the Project

Silas the Teenager is a multimedia theater piece that uses video, text, movement, and kinetic sculptural set elements to explore autism in teens. Choreographer Aaron Jungels’ autistic nephew Silas is the main subject. At 15 and 6 feet tall, Silas likes to tease and spar with his uncle, and capture his obsessions in video, which include fire trucks, local news reporting, and making buddy pictures. Along with his parents and teachers, he faces a range of challenges, particularly as he continues to grow in size and make the difficult transition into adulthood. In this theatrical exploration of Silas’s autism, stories, images, humor, and metaphors invite the audience to engage with a condition that can seem distancing, baffling and off-putting. The subject also brings up broader themes of empathy, communication, and acceptance in all interpersonal relationships.

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