Jan 17 - March 8
Apr 22 – May 17
Times variable by date.
Location: Your School!
Price: Starting at $660 (dependent on distance and number of shows)
At its heart, Eddie and Vinnie is a buddy comedy about Eddie, a boy with dyslexia, and his best friend/sidekick, a wise-cracking gecko named Vinnie. Eddie is a skilled artist, but struggles with schoolwork. When facing the possibility of attending summer school if he can't get his grades up, Eddie teams with the overly helpful new girl in class to write their end-of-the-year report. It seems like Vinnie is always there to distract him…or is she challenging Eddie to lean into his uniquely beautiful mind? Through their journey, students will discover the importance of empathy, understanding, and recognizing each individual's diverse strengths.
Designed to resonate with educators and students, this play raises awareness about dyslexia, which affects one in five people. By showcasing the unique strengths and qualities of individuals with dyslexia, Eddie & Vinnie dispels misconceptions, reduces stigma, and encourages meaningful conversations about the topic.
Together Eddie and Vinnie, they make a dynamic duo, with Vinnie's antics offering both laughs and insights into how Eddie's creative mind with dyslexia works.
Eddie is a skilled artist who struggles with schoolwork. When facing the possibility of attending summer school if he can't get his grades up, Eddie teams up with a new classmate named Pen – or “Miss Perfect,” as Eddie calls her – on a school project about the artist MC Escher.
Pen is all about details and planning. She is organized and detail-oriented, often laying out strict plans for their work. At times Eddie feels overwhelmed by Pen’s approach, but he is determined to succeed. With Vinnie's encouragement, Eddie introduces a unique method to the project. He uses vibrant tiles to visually represent Escher's art, tapping into his artistic strengths and making the information more digestible for him.
Pen starts to see Eddie's point of view too. At first, she's all about her organized methods, but Eddie's artistic skills catch her eye. She realizes there's more than one way to tackle a problem, and both can be right. This understanding brings them closer as teammates.
Things get tricky when Pen drops a bombshell: she can't be there for their big presentation. Eddie's nervous about going solo, but with a pep talk from Vinnie and the strategies they've brainstormed, he steps up to the plate, ready to shine.