Why should anyone attending the sold out 50th Gen Con convention take a break and Uber or walk to Mass Ave to see some show?  Because it’s about gaming and a lot more. Produced by Zachary Anderson and Wabash College, “Spectrum dives into the relationships between social anxiety, video games, atypical neurology, and family. Follow the story of Jace, a gamer who happens to have autism spectrum disorder. Witness him overcome social anxiety through video gaming as he learns how to navigate in a world that operates on a different set of rules.”

The Top Ten Reasons to Take a Break From Gen Con and See Spectrum

  1. It’s about gaming.
  2. You need to see more of Indianapolis than the Convention Center. Mass Ave is a good place to start.
  3. There’s practice and preparation for a video game tournament.
  4. A tutorial covers four characters in the video game who seem very familiar.
  5. While you’re on Mass Ave visit one of the many fine restaurants. Did I mention pizza?
  6. It’s a glimpse at how one family copes with autism spectrum disorder.
  7. Watch a young man’s awakening to his next life stage—college.
  8. The performance shares the intimate struggle a father and son face losing a wife and mother.
  9. Spectrum is about a father wanting to keep his son safe and son who wants his freedom.
  10. And most of all it’s about acceptance, understanding, and love.

A Friend

A friend, who presented at Gen Con, told me that he struggled communicating with others, but not when he was gaming. When he told me this, I thought I understood his meaning. I didn’t. After watching this performance, I do.

My Daughter

My eldest daughter is the Director of Exceptional Education for a large school district. She began her career as a special education teacher. I attended an event at her school district for graduates of the Exceptional Education Program. I met dozens of students who my daughter introduced and shared what they were doing since graduating. Many were in college. My daughter couldn’t have been more proud.

The Cast

I met the cast after the show and was blown away by the sincerity of these three fine young people, and then I learned, the actor playing Jace, the gamer who happens to have autism spectrum disorder is in real life a 15-year-old young man with autism spectrum disorder. It’s hard to imagine any obstacle that could stop this thoughtful and intelligent young person.

Before I left, I asked the young gamer if he’d rather be at Gen Con. He gave me a wistful look. He might not be able to attend Gen Con, but you can take a break and see Spectrum. Here are the show dates.

Performance Times Phoenix

Saturday Aug 19th, 6:00PM

Sunday Aug 20th, 9:00PM

Tuesday Aug 22nd, 6:00PM

Wednesday Aug 23rd, 7:30PM

Saturday Aug 26th, 3:00PM

Ticket Information