Although autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects millions of people worldwide, the condition is often misunderstood by those who are not on the spectrum. Worse, many teens and adolescents with autism are subjected to bullying by their peers. To help promote autism awareness, one North Carolina resident with autism has written Time Twister, a play focusing on what it’s like to be on the autism spectrum. The author, Ben Craven is a senior at JH Rose High School in Greenville, Illinois.
According to a report this month by WITN.com, Craven said his play seeks to promote a positive image of people on the autism spectrum, with characters using their skills and talents to positively impact the world around them. He suggested that the play might include elements drawn from his own experience as well.
“Some of the things you're going to see in the play I may or may not have experienced or have seen some people with autism experience in life,” Craven said.
Liyah Edwards, one of the actors in the play, said she hopes it will inspire audience members to have more empathy and understanding for those with autism and other conditions.
“One thing I hope the audience takes away from the show is just because you don't understand someone or their condition, it doesn't mean you can't work with them,” Edwards said.
The play will be performed by the Rampant Theatrical Company at JH Rose High School on Friday, December 6.