Opening on the heels of Autism Awareness Month, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Miracle Project present Work in Progress — an original musical following the lives of young adults as they transition out of high school into the workplace, discover their passion, overcome obstacles and find their place in the world. With a cast of teens and adults with and without autism, the musical aims to help others understand the value of neurodiversity in the workplace and the merits of inclusion for people of all abilities.
“We are very proud to present this important original production,” said Mark Slavkin, The Wallis’ Director of Education. “In showcasing the talents of these wonderful artists, we hope to open more minds and hearts to the contributions that people of all abilities and disabilities have to make.”
“The Miracle Project celebrates the gifts, strengths and talents of all abilities, and believes that inside each and every one of us is a spark, a dream, and a desire to make a difference and be effective in the world,” said The Miracle Project’s Founder Elaine Hall. “I recently returned from participating in World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations where the topic discussed was the human right to work. So often, persons with disabilities are not only denied this essential right, but also denied the right to dream. We are proud to present Work in Progress with The Wallis and continue to further this critical dialogue.”
Work in Progress emerged from an exploration of dreams, passions and goals of current students of The Miracle Project. Currently, 75% of individuals with disabilities, ages 18 – 64, are unemployed in California, resulting in a society that focuses on what these individuals cannot do, rather than what they can. Work in Progress aims to shift these preconceived notions, and spark a discussion that will help educate employers, transform opinion and elevate minds.
AGES: All Ages WHEN: 7pm, May 1-4 WHERE: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Lovelace Studio Theater, 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills CA COST: $20 – $30