ScholarShift Stories: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

December 01, 2016

Students take in Tony Award-winning play, analyze character portrayals during ScholarShift module.

Participating Shattuck-St. Mary’s students studied autism spectrum disorder and evaluated a depiction of the affliction during a performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time” on Wednesday, November 30 as part of a ScholarShift module.

Spearheaded by Dr. Maren LaLiberty, founding director of SSM’s BioScience Center of Excellence, participants learned about autism spectrum disorders before attending the Tony Award-winning play at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. 

Following the performance, students will gather for a final discussion and reflection session where they explore whether it is possible for someone with autism spectrum disorder to be accurately reflected in mainstream American entertainment.

About the play:

This thought-provoking and dynamic adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway.”

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.