Best Selling Novel to Come to Life on the Empire Stage

The Empire Theatre Company will present The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time based on the best selling novel by Mark Haddon opening April 17th.

This thrilling play follows the story of 15-year-old Christopher. He has an extraordinary brain. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Finding himself under suspicion for the murder of his neighbor’s dog, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. His detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Director of the play Kathleen Coudle-King shares, "While The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time seems to be about a teenage boy on the Autism Spectrum and a mystery he tries to solve, it's also about parenting, and how so often parents feel ill equipped to parent any child. They don't come with an instruction manual, and even if they did that manual would not be appropriate for every child. In the play, the parents don't always make good choices, but they are doing their best and they have real love for their son. He, on the other hand, is on his own journey to gain confidence in this world in spite of his personal challenges. It's a beautiful play that anyone who has a parent, or parented will relate to, which would include all of us!"

With April being Autism Awareness Month, the Empire reached out to The Arc, Upper Valley. “The Arc, Upper Valley, in partnership with other community providers, will be available every night of the play to answer questions about Autism Spectrum Disorder and to share information about services that are available in our community,” says Rachel Hafner, Executive Director of The Arc, Upper Valley.

The creative team for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time includes: Kathleen Coudle-King, director; Marcus Woodard, stage manager; Chuck Baskerville, lighting designer; Sara Larson, light technician; Matt Opsahl, sound designer; Amy Lyste, costumer; Spencer Carmichael, animal handler; violin and viola, Tamara Auer. This production features regional actors Walter Criswell, Amy Driscoll, Tyler Folkedahl, Melissa Gjellstad, Denny Jacobs, Darin Kerr, Courtney Miller, Brenna Skallet, Kelly Stagnaro, and Matt Stavens.

When: April 17-20 & 23-27 at 7:30PM
Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave Grand Forks, ND 58201
Tickets: $15 for students/military, $19 for adults, **$5 for Xcel Energy Rush
**Rush tickets are limited and available at the door one hour prior to curtain. Rush tickets are cash only, and all members of your party must be present.
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This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.