Premiere Reading of ‘A Different Normal’ Comes to MuCCC Fest

This is the poster for the premiere reading of the Aspie Works production "A Different Normal."
This is the poster for the premiere reading of the Aspie Works production “A Different Normal.”

Aspie Works founder Justin Rielly will present the world premiere reading of his new play A Different Normal, on Wednesday, June 18 at the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, during the week-long MuCCC Fest.

The play follows a regular meeting for the Aspie Pack, a group of young adults who have Asperger’s syndrome, a condition in which a person’s social and/or emotional skills are impaired.  A young woman arrives by request of her boss to attend the meeting, but when she recognizes one of her co-workers in the group, personal revelations are set to emerge.

The ensemble cast features Tom Bigongiari as Daniel, Danielle Erway as Rachel, Carl Girard as Peter, Susanna Guarino as Lizzie, Jolene Suchy-Dicey as Lucinda, and Zak West as Alex; acclaimed actor-director Don Bartalo will serve as stage narrator.  Bigongiari & Guarino starred in the previous Aspie Works production Love in the Style of Will, while Girard appeared in the reading of Rielly’s original play Kind Souls Chasing.  Erway is a prominent member of the Geva Comedy Improv troupe, Suchy-Dicey debuted in John Borek’s recent re-invention of Hamlet, and West received acclaim last fall for his portrayal of Antony in RCP’s Julius Caesar.

Before the reading, the night will begin with dance performances by Laurie MacFarland and Maureen Gorman.

A Different Normal will be presented on June 18 at 7:30pm at the MuCCC (142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester), as a “pay-what-you-will” event.

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