Greenville teen with autism writes play to raise awareness

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A teen with autism is using his talents to raise awareness on the day-to-day realities for others like him.

JH Rose High School senior Ben Craven is using his senior project as an opportunity to write and perform a play called Time Twister that focuses on what it's like to live with autism.

"It's about teens who have autism and are sadly frowned upon by society. They use their skills and talents to positively impact the lives of those around them," Craven explained.

Craven, who has high-functioning autism, spent months writing the script and rehearsing lines that speaks from his heart.

"Some of the things you're going to see in the play I may or may not have experienced or have seen some people with autism experience in life," said Craven.

Craven says he hopes the performance will boost others' confidence and show those with autism how they can use their strengths to benefit the world.

Other students taking part in the production say they've been able to benefit from those strengths, as well.

"One thing I hope the audience takes away from the show is just because you don't understand someone or their condition, it doesn't mean you can't work with them," said Actor Liyah Edwards.

The show will be performed by the Rampant Theatrical Company at JH Rose High School on Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

For ticket information, click here.