Self-Injurious Behavior

FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS RONNIE MARMO AND JOE MANTEGNA
With Mark Mark and Kristen Machiedo
Written by Jessica Cavanagh
Directed by Marianne Galloway
Produced by Laura Buchwald and Bren Rapp
Presented by Theatre 68 In Special Partnership with Autism Works Now
Also benefiting The Ed Asner Family Center
Publicity by Sandra Kuker PR

August 30: FIRST PREVIEW AND LAUNCH EVENT WITH JOE MANTEGNA
interactive talk-back with the audience featuring Joe Mantegna and meet and great reception

September 5: FREE PREVIEW FOR THOSE ASSISTING THE AUTISTIC COMMUNITY
Autism caregivers, special education teachers and others working with the autistic community or the differently abled in Los Angeles can attend a preview performance of the show for free simply by emailing industry.sib@gmail.com and reserving seats.

September 6th: OPENING NIGHT EVENT WITH ED ASNER
interactive talk-back with the audience featuring Ed Asner, Ronnie Marmo and meet and greet reception

PREVIEWS AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 1
PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 6-28TH
SHOW DATES TIMES AND TICKETS at
www.sibonstage.com

*A percentage of all tickets sold goes to Autism Works Now and The Ed Asner Family Center
*mature content, language, situations

SYNOPSIS
Self-Injurious Behavior is based on playwright and star, Jessica Cavanagh’s own story of loss, love and survival in dealing with her son’s autism diagnosis. When severely autistic, eleven-year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland who desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local renaissance faire. Plagued by haunting dreams of her son and memories of her marriage, she is forced to face the need to let go. With a unique blend of honesty and humor, in telling her story, Jessica Cavanagh has captured a voice that speaks to the power within us all to not only cope with our own “unimaginables” but to continue to live, making this a story not only about autism and motherhood, but about the resilience of the human spirit.