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Broadway star pens open letter after boy with autism interrupts show

September 25, 2015

Broadway star Kelvin Moon Loh is currently in "The King and I" and during a recent show a young boy with autism shouted loudly from the audience during a quiet scene. According to Kelvin, many in the audience reacted very negatively to the interruption and to the mother.

The incident and reaction promoted Kelvin to write an open letter on his Facebook page. He writes that the audience should not be so quick to judge the mother or her son and that "theater is created for all people," disability or not.

"When did we as theater people, performers and audience members become so concerned with our own experience that we lose compassion for others?" he writes.

Kelvin also commends shows that put on autism-friendly performances, like the upcoming "Up and Away" produced by Lincoln Center.

Read Kelvin's full open letter below.  

 

I am angry and sad. Just got off stage from today's matinee and yes, something happened. Someone brought their...

Posted by Kelvin Moon Loh on Wednesday, September 23, 2015