"WordTheatre is a great, freewheeling, passionately engaged interpreter of contemporary short fiction. Whereas other such enterprises are content to cherry pick a few classics in a predictable setting, WordTheatre finds work that can bring about great performances in its constituency of first-rate performers, always in search of the ineffable and the uncanny that are at the heart of the very best in world literature. Their ambition is for the new, the challenging, and the emotionally rich. In my own case, I have never heard such wonderful and illuminated performances of my own work." - Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm
Acts of Love: Pioneers
October 3, 2009 @ Eli and Edythe Broad Stage
|Adam Arkin||Austin Butler|
|Michael Chiklis||Michaela Conlin|
|Keith David||Carla Gugino|
|Niki Haris||John Heard|
|Jon Huertas||Dorian Missick|
|CCH Pounder||Zachary Quinto|
|Amanda Seyfried||Amber Tamblyn|
WordTheatre's seventh annual Acts of Love in support of Autism Speaks celebrated the Pioneers of our age, of bygone eras and of unknown futures; people who strike out into the unknown to make a better future.
This year's show featured:
Acts of Love 2009 also featured an awards reception to celebrate those who have made a difference in the Autism Community. Awards will be given to remarkable champions in the following categories:
Awareness/Media:Shawn Ryan ("The Shield")
Bob & Lynn Koegel (UCSB)
(Autism Specialist at Westside Regional Center)
Jay Nolan Family Services
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls.
Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed an unprecedented $128 million in new research funding to uncover the cause(s), prevention, treatments and cure for autism, making it the nation's top private funder of autism research. They are not only dedicated to funding global biomedical research, but also to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
Acts of Love: Pioneers is created, produced and directed by WordTheatre's Artistic Director, Cedering Fox.