2007-09-07 / On The Town

Actress will present show about autism

Brain and Body Productions will present the Simi Valley preview of "Thing to Thing to Thing," at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept 19 and 20 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave.

This is a dramatic/comedy threehour solo show with music written and performed by Lynette Louise, Simi Valley resident and internationally known expert in autism.

The play has stories from a neurofeedback specialist working on the front lines in healing autism. Louise combined several healing modalities in an attempt to cure her adopted autistic children and herself. Putting her performance career on hold, she managed to heal several of her children and then began working with other families around the world.

Mitch Kaplan provides musical direction and accompaniment, with songs by Louise, Kaplan and Clifford Bell. Kaplan is Sandra Bernhard's longtime accompanist, and he also performed on "Will and Grace."

Louise is a published journalist, author and playwright from Canada who has been writing about dealing with disabilities since 1996, when she landed her first regular column, "The Comfort Zone," in Parentimes magazine. She writes the answer column "Just Ask Mom." Her book, "Jeff," can be purchased from Amazon.com.

She has performed in film, on television and on various standup stages across North America and was named Toronto's Funniest Comic in 1990. She hosted her own Canadian television show under the pseudonym Lyne Louise until moving to America in 1996.

Tickets for the solo show are $15. Free parking is available.

For reservations, call (805) 583-17900 or send an e-mail to Lynette@lynettelouise.com.

For more information, go to www.lynettelouise.com or www.simi-arts.org.

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