advertisement

Playwright wins award for comedy about autism

Friday, April 6, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ken LaZebnik’s personal understanding of autism is portrayed in his play “Vestibular Sense,” a dark comedy. For that play, LaZebnik, artistic director of the School of Performing Arts at Stephens College, was awarded the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award on March 31 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky.

The Osborn Award is given to playwrights whose work has not been recognized as a major production and who have never received a major national award. The award is given through the American Theatre Critics Association and honors play editor Elizabeth Osborn.

“This is a wonderful award to get as an emerging playwright,” LaZebnik said. “This was quite rewarding.”

“Vestibular Sense” delves into the realities of living with autism as an adult. LaZebnik has two family members with autism, which provides him a first-hand insight into the autistic world.

The play premiered in November at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, which emphasizes culture-conscious plays.

LaZebnik, a distinguished professor of film at Stephens, has worked on several television shows such as “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Providence” and “Touched by an Angel.” Most notably, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 movie “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements