Caring for a sick parent is making Jason feel like he'd rather be invisible than talk to anyone. But with help from three new friends, Jason finds a way to face down his problems in this warm, humorous, and deeply moving world-premiere play. Age 11+
- Mar. 23 - Apr. 7, 2013
- Family Theater
- 75 minutes
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"An ultimately hopeful story [with] flashes of levity and suspense [and] an urban-adventure video-game vibe"--The Washington Post
"A first-class theater piece... highly recommended!"
"The power of Jason Invisible is that it points out the reality that we are not alone, even in the direst situations."--DC Theatre Scene
"It speaks equally to both children and adults… entertaining while being educational, and fearless while being accessible."--Broadway World
Watch our videos on YouTube:
* Jason Invisible: What's the Play About?
* Friends--Real and Imaginary--in Jason Invisible
* Themes of Family and Disability in Jason Invisible
A world premiere commission by the Kennedy Center and VSA
Adapted by Laurie Brooks from the novel Crazy by Han Nolan
Directed by Rosemary Newcott
Featuring Michael John Casey, Mark Hairston, Mark Halpern, Rana Kay, Susan Lynskey, Michael V. Sazonov, and Christopher Wilson
Being a teenager is hard. Being one who needs to care for a sick parent is even harder. It makes 15-year-old Jason feel like he's going a little bonkers. What makes things tougher are the "sidekicks" in his head--Dream Girl, Smart Guy, and Crazy Glue--who bear a striking resemblance to the kids in his new support group. But Jason doesn't want to talk to anyone. He'd rather just be invisible, until his anonymous letter in the school paper leads other students with troubled home lives to seek HIS words of wisdom. Suddenly, Jason's advice column is helping him face down his own problems--and find new friends in the most unlikely of places.
Based on a novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan, this highly theatrical play is at turns warm, humorous, and deeply moving--even interactive with the audience, so that more voices can be heard! Don't miss this groundbreaking world premiere, which celebrates the awesome power of friendship and humanizes young people dealing with less than perfect families. For age 11 and up.
Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., April 6 is Sensory-Friendly.
Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Accommodations for these performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Short performance times, lasting 60-75 minutes with no intermission;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families' needs.
Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided in part by The Clark Charitable Foundation; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Macy*s Foundation; The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Education; Verizon Foundation; Washington Gas; and by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
Major support for the Kennedy Center’s educational programs is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Funding for the Kennedy Center’s Accessibility Initiatives is provided by
Mike and Julie Connors and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.