The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Kristin Wold
Playbill: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"
February 27- March 8, 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes, including one 10 minute intermission
Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre
15-year old Christopher has an extraordinary mind. He is brilliant at math, yet struggles to interpret everyday life. When Christopher is accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, he sets out to solve the mystery and prove his innocence. His detective work takes him on a journey that turns his world upside-down and leads him to discover a life-changing secret. The winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s award-winning, best-selling novel to life on stage. An adventure story that is every bit as uplifting as it is thrilling.
The Thursday, March 5 performance will be ASL interpreted.
Sensory Friendly Performance
The Saturday, March 7 performance at 2pm will be Sensory Friendly. View the Character Guide here , and view the Social Narrative Guide here . Download a copy of the plot summary here . See below for more information and FAQs.
We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children’s viewing and engagement with the performance.
Pay-What-You-Can will be available for the show on February 29th, 2020. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket price is $1 plus a canned good/non-perishable food item. 1 ticket per food item. Tickets are only available 1 hour prior to the performance in person at the box office. Not valid on prior sales.
No backpacks, laptops, or briefcases are permitted inside CRT theatres. Only bags smaller than 12" x 6" x 12" will be permitted inside. Patrons with over-sized or prohibited items will be asked to return them to their vehicles or discard them. An exception will be made for medically necessary items. Over-sized and prohibited items are unable to be stored at the theatre.
Scenic Design / Dennis Akpinar
Costume Design / Sophia Perez
Lighting Design / Allison Zerio
Sound Design / Mack Gauthier
Stage Manager / Tom Kosis*
Assistant Director / Anthony Giovino
Dramaturgy / Eddie Vitcavage
Ed / Joe Cassidy*
Judy / Margot White*
Christopher / Tyler Nowakowski
Siobhan / Thalia Eddy
Voice 1, Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on Train, Shopkeeper / Elizabeth Jebran
Voice 2, Roger Shears, Duty Sgt., Mr. Wise, Man Behind Counter, Drunk / Mauricio Miranda
Voice 3, Policeman, Mr. Thompson, Drunk 2, Man with Socks, London Policeman / Justin Jager
Voice 4, Rev. Peters, Uncle Terry, Station Policeman, Station Guard / Matthew Antoci
Voice 5, Lady in Street, Information, Punk Girl / Alexandra Brokowski
Voice 6, Mrs. Alexander, Posh Woman / Nicolle Cooper
* Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity Association
SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE FAQs
Q. What is a Sensory Friendly performance?
A . A “sensory friendly” performance is a theatre production that is adjusted to create a friendly, supportive, and welcoming environment for individuals with sensory-input disorders, including autism spectrum, anxiety, and a range of cognitive abilities . At this performance, you will notice relaxed “house rules” – people may need to get up, move around, and leave the theatre during the performance. There is no expectation that the audience will be completely quiet during the performance. Our trained volunteers will be available throughout the performance to help you if you have any questions. A Quiet Room will be available with sensory friendly toys for anyone who needs a break from the performance. Our goal is to create an environment where people with sensory needs, along with their families, can enjoy coming to the theatre together and will feel comfortable, supported and free to be themselves.
Q. What kinds of changes will be made to the production?
A . The script will not change, but some of the technical elements will be softened to accommodate sensitive ears and eyes. Lights in the audience will be remain lit at a dim level during the entire show to allow safe movement in and out of the theatre. Abrupt and loud sound effects will be lowered, though some audience members might prefer to use earplugs or headphones. There will be a signal to the audience to warn them that a potentially jarring moment is about to happen, so that caregivers can be ready to help those with sensory sensitivities.
Q. Who should attend this performance?
A . The sensory friendly performance is specially designed for children and adults with sensory-input disorders, autism, or other developmental or cognitive disabilities, as well as their families and caretakers. We promise a judgment-free, fun experience for the entire family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 4 are not allowed in the theatre. We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children’s viewing and engagement with the performance.
Q. Can people without sensory input challenges attend this performance?
A . Yes, all individuals, regardless of their sensory needs, are welcome to attend the performance and to take advantage of the adaptations that a sensory friendly performance provides. As indicated above, the experience will be different than a traditional performance; changes have been made to both the production and atmosphere in order to create a safe space for people with sensory sensitivities. All ticket buyers to this performance will be informed of these alterations.
Q. My child/family member/client with autism has difficulty with transitions. Is there anything I can do to prep him/her for this new experience?
A . Supplemental materials will be available online two weeks prior to the performance, to help prepare audience members for the experience.
Q. What if my child/family member talks or makes noise during the performance?
A . No problem! We expect that there will be noise in the audience, and your family member may not be the only one who talks or makes noise. If the noise gets to be too much, you are welcome to step out of the theatre, but this is not necessary. Our volunteers and cast have had training so that they know what to expect in terms of noise and movement in the audience.
Q. If my child/family member is not able to sit through the entire show, will we be able to leave the theater? If we decide to, will we be able to return to our seat?
A . Yes, volunteers will be available to help any travelers to the lobby area. If someone in your family decides they cannot finish the show, you can absolutely leave the theatre early. If they simply need a break, we have a Quiet Room off of our lobby, located next to the Concessions table.
Q. When and where is this show taking place?
A . The sensory friendly performance is taking place on Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 pm at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. The theatre is located at 2132 Hillside Rd., Storrs, CT 06269- entrance on the REAR SIDE of the theatre
Q. How can I buy tickets for the sensory friendly performance?
A . You can buy tickets online or call the Box Office at 860-486-2113. The box office is open Tuesday-Friday from 12pm-5pm.
Q. Are there snacks available at the theatre?
A . We will have concessions available for purchase.
Q. Can I bring fidget toys, headphones or other items that help my child/family member stay calm?
A . Of course! We encourage you to bring any items that might make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. Our theatre does tend to be chilly, so you may want to bring a sweater or blanket to keep with you at your seat.
Q. Are service animals allowed in the theater?
A . Yes, CRT always allows service animals to accompany patrons.
Q. I have another question. Who can I contact about the sensory friendly performance?
A . You can feel free to contact Panagiota Capaldi at firstname.lastname@example.org