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Ron Kurtz continues his popular series exploring how “words on the page” become “words on the stage.”  The play this time is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon.  This class offers some interesting new dimensions, including guest presenters as well as reading the novel, seeing and discussing the play, and learning about the stagecraft that makes the play a different experience from reading the book. Participants should come to the first class having read the novel, as the class will begin with an exploration of the book.

This is the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.  He doesn’t like to be touched or meet new people; he cannot make small talk; he hates the colors brown and yellow.  A math whiz with a very logical brain, he loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.  One night he observes that the neighbor’s dog has been killed.  Christopher has never left his street on his own before, but now he’ll have to in order to find out who killed the dog.

This class is a partnership between Amelia Lifelong Learning and Amelia Community Theatre.  Seeing the ACT production is part of the course.  The final session will include a class discussion of the play, since everyone will have seen it by then.  Discounted tickets can be purchased at the ACT Box Office after the course begins:  904-261-6749

The class will hear from three guest presenters, Tener Wade, the play’s director; Marilyn Wesley, Professor Emerita of English who will talk about literary aspects of the book and play; Theresa Sparks, a psychologist with extensive knowledge of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Instructor:  Ron Kurtz has had a long career in Theatre Arts as producer, director, stage manager, and actor.  He currently directs productions for Amelia Community Theatre.

Location:  Amelia Community Theatre, 209 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach.


Day and Time:   Thursdays, May 30-June 27th, 3-5 pm


Fee:  $40


Materials to be Purchased: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon.  ISBN #978-140032716  $8.79

Notes on Directing, 2nd edition, ISBN # 978-1937295028  $17.95

Both are widely available

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, DPS Acting Edition $9.99

Available only from www.samuelfrench.com