Getting ready to ‘Do This’

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GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE’S WORLD PREmiere of “Do This” opens Jan. 7 at The Norris Center and is the third world premiere the professional company has mounted in its 12-year history.

What’s most compelling about a world premiere is that it can’t be compared to anything else. The audience experiences a new work for the first time, stepping into a world of the unknown, though there are some things we do know.

We do know that playwright Karen Siff Exkorn’s script is based on her bestselling book, “The Autism Sourcebook: Everything you need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing – from a Mother Whose Child Recovered” (Harper Collins, 2005). What we won’t really know until we experience the play first hand is how Ms. Siff Exkorn took this nonfiction volume and turned it into a one-woman show.

We also know that “Do This” was a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2015 National Playwrights Conference. And we know that Ms. Siff Exkorn is a contributing writer for Huffington Post and Today.com. The author/playwright has been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and myriad television programs on networks including CBS, NBC and CNN. She is also a respected motivational speaker and the founder of Speak On, a corporate training company that specializes in presentation skills and media training. Whew.

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