Body Awareness Director Talks About Evolving Families, Asperger's, and Yes, Body Image

In the Aurora Theatre's upcoming comedy Body Awareness, a male photographer of female nudes is a guest artist during Body Awareness Week at a small college in Vermont. He stays with the professor who has organized the event, as well as the professor's partner and the partner's son, who may have Asperger's syndrome.

The play, written by Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker and directed by Joy Carlin, is a production in the Global Age Project (GAP), an Aurora Theatre Company initiative that “encourages playwrights and directors to explore life in the 21st century and beyond.” The play is in previews starting tonight (Jan. 27), and it opens Feb. 2.

Director Joy Carlin has been an actress, director, and teacher in the Bay Area since 1969. We talked with her about what the play has in common with the movie The Kids Are All Right, how families are evolving, and academic humor.

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