Great Barrington, MA- Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in his book to solve the mystery.
Christopher, played by Luke Treadaway, has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
So begins an extraordinary exploration into autism, coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00pm, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.
The event, designed to connect people in the autism community, including autistic people and their families, as well as educators, clinicians, caregivers, and other interested members in the tri-state region is a first. The event will include a Q&A with speakers who will give their reactions to the play, moderate an audience discussion, and help people learn about and share information on local autism resources. Tickets are $10.
The focal point is a special autism-friendly screening of London’s National Theatre “Live in HD” encore broadcast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens’s imaginativestage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s internationally renowned novel, directed by Marianne Elliott. The transmission of the live performance itself clocks in at about 2 hours and 40 minutes including an intermission.
The performance will be followed by a talk-back with local speakers who will give their reactions to the performance, moderate an audience discussion, and help people share information on local autism resources.
“This deeply moving drama offers great insights into the life of a fifteen year-old who has an extraordinary brain, but great challenges interpreting everyday life,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “It seemed to provide a wonderful opportunity for the Mahaiwe to create a community dialogue by offering an autism-friendly setting for this special broadcast and discussion.”
The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. Box Office Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.