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Michael V Sazonov
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington
Everything in Jason's world is crazy. He's a loner, he can't concentrate in school, and--hardest of all--his mom recently passed away. Now he's the sole caregiver for his beloved dad, who is trying to cope with mental illness. Sounds heavy, but Jason makes a hero's journey to protect his dad. With the help of three new friends--outspoken Shelby, who becomes his crush; Zen political activist Pete; and Haze, who may be the most messed up of all--Jason finds himself in the midst of his most trying times. Based on National Book Award winner Han Nolan's novel, Crazy, this haunting, humorous, and highly theatrical play humanizes young people dealing with less than perfect families and celebrates the awesome power of friendship.
Thru - Apr 7, 2013
Running Time: 1 hour 10 mins with no intermission
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The Kennedy Center Seating Charts
DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended
Jason Invisible offers a respectful look at the very real issues of coping with mental illness, children acting as caregivers of their parents and the power of friendship. The play is a careful blend of dramatic situations and comic relief that balances entertainment with the touchy subject matter of mental illness.
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DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended
"...Jason Invisible is a cross between Sesame Street and an A.A. meeting with all the best parts of each playing across the sweet face of lead actor Mark Halpern, especially his slowly dawning looks of realization and pleasure that people care about him. Halpern plays Jason Invisible, who is "flying under the radar, incognito" because he does not want to think about his mom's death or his father's mental illness. But he's not totally invisible because he has an anonymous advice column."
MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended
"...One of the toughest things in theatre is to take an adult topic and make it palpable for young audiences. Jason Invisible currently running in The Kennedy Center's Family Theater takes on such a topic-mental illness and does so in a way that is thoroughly engaging throughout."
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