The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Broadcast Sept 6 Lumina Theater

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at University of North Carolina Wilmington is proud to bring audiences "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" via satellite from London's National Theatre. The time-delayed broadcast from Cottesloe Theatre, known to some as "the smallest, the barest, the most potentially flexible and the most potentially influential of the National houses," will begin at 7 p.m. on September 6 in Lumina Theater.

The new play is based on the international best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliot. Haddon's novel was the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2003 and has sold more than 2 million copies around the world. Elliott co-directed the globally successful stage production of "War Horse for the National," for which she won a Tony Award in 2011. Stephens, twice named Best Foreign Playwright of the Year, is the author of many original plays and adaptations, including "Harper Regan" and "On the Shore of the Wide World", both directed by Elliott at the National Theatre.

In "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," 15 year old Christopher finds Mrs. Shears' dead dog, Wellington, at seven minutes after midnight. It has been speared with a garden fork and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in his book to solve the mystery. He 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.

This production is part of the National Theatre Live program, bringing the best of British theatre to cinemas worldwide.  Since its first season in June 2009, which featured the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, more than 750,000 people have now experienced the National's work on movie screens worldwide.  In addition to "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," the season four line up includes "The Last of the Haussmans" and "Timon of Athens."

Tickets are available by phone at 910.962.3195 or online at https://aceweb.uncw.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=13BNTL1164. Prices are $20 for member of the general public, $18 for OLLI members, UNCW faculty and staff and $5 for UNCW students (call for student discount).

Media Contacts:
Amy Keith
910.962.4034

Caroline Cropp
910.962.7109