Welcome to BTE’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Some of you may have read the award-winning book by Mark Haddon from which this play is adapted. Or maybe you’ve seen the production in New York City or the broadcast version of the original National Theatre in London production that was shown in area theatres recently. Or maybe you’re encountering this story for the first time with your favorite moments yet to be discovered. I remember the first time I heard it – I listened to the book while on a trip with my Mom. It was a long drive home and we were both beat, but we sat in the car in front of her home for another 20 minutes so we could hear the end of the story together. A journey within a journey. I loved the book – it was funny, surprising, disturbing - but best of all, it gave me a glimpse into the inner workings of a mind very different from my own. Years later I saw the New York production and I was blown away by how the combination of imagination and technology allowed me to actually experience what sensory overload might feel like. I knew then that I wanted to bring this story to our audiences and if possible, to use video projections as one of the storytelling tools. And with generous support from several funding agencies (National Endowment for the Arts, Geisinger Foundation, Degenstein Foundation, and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation) here we are.
A director is like the captain of a ship, making important choices grounded by the knowledge and expertise of the design team – video projection, set, lighting, costumes, dialect, movement direction, technical direction, stage management. You won’t see these folks onstage, but their work is every bit as essential to the story as the actors. For this show we even needed to bring in a math consultant! And of course I am grateful to the cast, whose imaginations are the soil in which we grow a play.
I am also grateful to the good support we’ve received from Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute, and to Kathy Baas and BTE Emeritus Member Jerry Stropnicky, founders of Camp Emerge, who have partnered with us to present a series of Sunday post-show panel discussions and to advise us as we do our first ever Sensory Friendly Matinee (11am, Saturday, April 13th).
We’ve also partnered with The Exchange Gallery at 24 East Main (right around the corner from BTE). During the run of Curious Incident you can see their exhibit: Art on the Spectrum; work by artists with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Be sure to drop by after the show or when you’re downtown to check it out - or come to the artists’ reception on March 30th at 6:00PM
Curious Incident speaks to me about finding the courage to grow, the incredible importance a teacher can have in the life of a student, and the hard ways families find to love each other when things aren’t working out as planned. We’d love to hear if the play speaks to you! To that end, we’re trying a new way to hear from you. Following the show, we ask that you post just three words in response to the show on BTE’s Instagram account (#curiousthreewords).
Thanks for coming and we hope you enjoy the show.
Sunday Post Performance Panel Discussions, moderated by ADMI
Sunday, March 31st: Autism and the Family
Sunday, April 7th: Autism and the Community
Sunday, April 14th: Autism and the Workplace
Sensory Friendly Performance
Saturday, April 13th 11am (call the box office ahead of time to reserve seats 570.784.8181)