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The Help Group Enjoys Matinee and Post-Show Party at ‘On the Spectrum’ at the Fountain Theatre

Actress Virginia Newcomb, Help Group CEO Barbara Firestone, and actors Jeanie Hackett and Dan Shaked.

Actress Virginia Newcomb, Help Group CEO Barbara Firestone, actress Jeanie Hackett and actor Dan Shaked at the ‘On the Spectrum’ post-show reception.

Staff, faculty and friends of The Help Group attended the Sunday matinee of On the Spectrum yesterday and enjoyed a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the performance.  Everyone was thrilled seeing the play and had a lovely time schmoozing with the artists and staff at the Fountain.

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems. The Help Group is a proud sponsor of the Fountain Theatre’s West Coast premiere of On the Spectrum.   Among those attending the Sunday matinee from The Help Group were President/CEO Barbara Firestone, Chief Operating Officer Susan Berman, Director of Public Affairs and Special Projects Bradley Shahine, and Director of Autism Schools Pamela Clark.

On the Spectrum  is a funny and touching love story between two people with autism. In the play, an online e-chat between Mac, who has Asperger’s, and Iris, who has autism, blossoms into a friendship and love story with a unique and unforgettable difference. The production has earned rave reviews and ends April 28.

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PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Opening Night Party for ‘On the Spectrum’ at the Fountain Theatre

Fountain frontLast night was the gala Opening Night for our West Coast Premiere of On the Spectrum by Ken LaZebnik, directed by Jacqueline Schultz. The sold out packed house was filled with press, friends, subscribers, and enthusiastic audience members. Response to the play and production was very strong and positive, with lots of excited buzz and chatter after the performance.

Among those enjoying the Opening Night performance and after-party were Barbara Firestone, President and CEO of The Help Group,  Rita Berens, playwright Ken LaZebnik and his wife Kate Fuglei, director Jacqueline Schultz, Los Angeles set designer Tom Buderwitz, as well as members of the On the Spectrum design and production team.   

On the Spectrum is a funny, touching and powerful love story between two young people with autism, starring Jeanie Hackett, Virginia Newcomb and Dan Shaked. The production is sponsored, in part, by The Help Group

The performance was followed by a catered reception in the Fountain’s upstairs cafe. Enjoy some photos!  

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