The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Restless Observers Theater Group's vision is simple: to equip theater students with the understanding of the importance towards taking the initiative to create their own work by allowing each member to encounter multiple facets of live theater.
This year’s project involves a group of students independently producing the 2015 Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The story takes place in Swindon, Wiltshire, England in 1998 and follows Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old math genius with many characteristics autism. He hates being touched, loud noises, and the color brown. The play opens with Christopher holding his neighbor’s dog Wellington who has been murdered. Despite his father’s demands, he decides to set out on a journey to discover who killed Wellington.
After reading over 20 different scripts, this message resonated with The Restless Observers, because the process of self-producing a theatrical production is interwoven with its own unique and arduous challenges. These challenges include finding a proper script, financing the production, ensuring potential audiences know of the production, ensuring that the play tells the story accurately and that the message it’s trying to send is tastefully communicated. The only way to overcome those obstacles is to have tenacity and faith in oneself that they are capable to do so. This is a lesson that cannot be taught from a book or a classroom. It is one that can only be taught by doing.