I had the honor to photograph a rehearsal & run-through of a play, "Square Peg, Round Hole", by an amazing theater company, Tectonic Theater Project, the other day. The theater's artistic director is Moises Kaufman, and this play is written by Andy Paris and Anushuka Carter, also directed by Andy Paris. It was my first time to see their play but I was very impressed. To be honest, I have not seen so many theatrical plays, although I’ve seen and photographed many music concerts and dance performances. Because I am not a native English speaker, I think it is natural for me to have been to music and dance performances more than theatrical plays. When I started photographing the rehearsal, I forgot about the verbal part of it and got attracted to it visually, including the lighting and projection on the wall. And then as the story goes, I was totally drawn to the story also. The story is about autism. I am not going to write about it in detail because you should go see it. I’ll just say it helps you understand about the people with autism, by using not only the language but also the visual effect. The projection was used in a very effective way to go with the story. It almost makes you feel like you have entered into their brain. It is about their mind, love, hardships, prejudices, misunderstandings, efforts and so on. The actor, Andrew Duff, who plays the main character was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He recently wrote a blog about this play, his struggle, how he got involved in this company, etc, on a website, Autism Speaks. This play was one of the most inspiring and interesting shows I have seen in a while. I highly recommend it.
Special Thanks to their executive director, Erika Fischer Floreska