Actor Austin Morrison as Eddie (Nerdicus) in the world premiere at West Springfield High School (Virginia), January 2014

Nerdicus (My Brother with Autism)

Format/Genre: One-act Comedy

Target Audience: Middle/High school, college, community & professional theatres

Casting: Minimum 6M, 9F (can be expanded up to as much as 11M, 13F); (NOTE: two

  roles were written for actors on the autism spectrum; it can be performed without, but r

  representation does matter; if you have students on the autism spectrum available, and

  who can handle the demands, please consider casting them.)

Sets: bare stage w/furniture, cubes, props

Running time: 30-35 minutes

Synopsis: Eddie is a high school senior with autism, and his eccentric behaviors mortify his sister Rachel, a sophomore, at the same school. When Eddie joins the school play alongside Rachel, she must learn to accept his differences and embrace her brother for who he is.  

Production History:

-- premiered at West Springfield High School, January 2014

- Virginia State High School One-Act Competition: District Finalist, Regional

     Champion, State 2nd runner-up, February-March 2014

- Virginia Theatre Association Conference, J.R Tucker HS, Henrico, VA, October 2016

- University Interscholatic League One-Act Jr. High Contest, Brooks Wester MS,

     Mansfield TX, Dec 2017

- Pyro New Play Festival, Paris Junior College, Paris, TX, April 2018

Awards:

- Grassroots Awards, American Association of People with Disabilities

    U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Hill, Washington DC, July 2014

- Special Commendation, Virginia House of Delegates, June 2014

- Superintendent's Awards, Fairfax County Public Schools Special Education

    Conference, Fairfax, VA, March, 2014

 

"'Nerdicus' helped my students display more empathy toward their peers, cousins, and siblings who have a disability.This script humanizes [autism] and gives a touching account of how one family moves past what could be construed as embarrassing moments and being different to embracing the different in all of us.'Nerdicus' opens people's eyes and informs them without preaching, and so effortlessly supports what we all do in our theatres: tell stories that need to be told."

                            

      - Lisa Dyer, Theatre Teacher
        J.R. Tucker HS, Henrico, VA

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