Wandering Aesthetics is proud to announce “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” adapted by Simon Stephens as the next play in the group’s monthly play-reading series, The Boiling Point.
Curious Incident will be read on Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Akron Transit Center located at 631 S. Broadway St. in downtown Akron.
The Boiling Point is open to the public. Anyone may come and read a part or simply listen and join the discussion afterwards. While the event is free, there is a $5 suggested donation to help cover the costs associated with purchasing scripts and space rental.
About the play, author, playwright
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” was first a book written by novelist Mark Haddon and then adapted by Simon Stephens. The story is set in Swindon and London, England, and is about the mystery of the death of a neighbor’s dog and the investigation of the dog’s death by 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who is on the autism spectrum. The story also explores his relationships with his parents and his school mentor.
During its premiere run, the play tied the record for winning the most Olivier Awards (seven), including Best New Play at the 2013 ceremony. The Broadway theatre production debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Oct. 5, 2014.
Mark Haddon is an English novelist, best known for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” He won the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for that work. Haddon resides in Oxford with his wife Sos Eltis, a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and their two young sons.
Simon Stephens is an English playwright. Having taught on the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. He is the inaugural Associate Playwright of Steep Theatre Company, Chicago, where two of his plays, Harper Regan and Motortown, had their U.S. premieres. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
The Boiling Point is that wild moment where internal pressures surpass outer, triggering a transformation. “Alternative” plays serve as our fuel to ignite the minds of Akronites. By reading a diverse array of texts, we set ablaze different genres, aesthetics and cultures– especially those works beyond the scope of traditional American theatre. The friction between these new encounters and their resulting conversations will generate the spark of fresh ideas that will take Akron to The Boiling Point.