Posted on Feb 27, 2012
Creators: Jennifer Overton, Scott Burke, Rejean Cournoyer, Denyse Karn, Michael Doherty and Bruce MacLennan
Nominator: Christopher Shore
Based on Jennifer Overton’s book Snapshots of Autism, this brilliant production is the result of six experienced theatre artists working very effectively together. God’s Middle Name episodically traces life with an autistic child, following the mother’s emotional journey from denial to acceptance. Honest, touching and informative — yet infused with humour and moments of high comedy – the play tackles serious subject-matter in a way that avoids being preachy or melodramatic. It is also artistically innovative. Drawing on a range of theatrical genres, from vaudeville through reality TV to crime thrillers, the play’s economical staging blends lighting, music, costumes and set into a seamless, thoroughly engaging production.