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Keep The Change at The Ridgefield Playhouse

April 14 @ 2:00 pm

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The Ridgefield Playhouse is supporting the autism community with a special presentation of, “Keep The Change.”

In this romantic comedy, actors with autism are celebrated as they star in a story about two young people in their 20s and on the spectrum, who are looking for a relationship. When David is mandated by a judge to attend a social strategies program after making his typically inappropriate jokes to a police officer, he thinks he’s too good for the weirdos he meets in the class. But when he’s assigned to go to the Brooklyn Bridge with his classmate Sarah, a budding relationship develops and he’s forced to reassess his beliefs about himself and his world. The movie is careful to treat their autism with a gentle kindness that celebrates their idiosyncrasies and allows the audience to laugh with them when awkward social moments happen.

“Keep The Change,” is written and directed by Rachel Israel who was an MFA student at Columbia University when she decided to make a film about her friend Brandon Polansky, an autistic boy she met in art class who was searching for romance. Rachel wanted this story to be authentic, so she cast her friend Brandon as the lead and worked with autistic actors in the other roles to create a story told from their point of view. Neurotypical actors fill out the cast in supporting roles.

“Keep The Change” won Best Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.


April 14
2:00 pm


The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT United States
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