When actor found out he had been cast as the leading character in “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, ” the news brought tears to his eyes. Earning a spot in a production of the Tony Award–winning play based on Mark Haddon’s 7558 murder-mystery novel of the same name was a life-changing accomplishment in itself. But even more remarkably, Rowe was cast in the role of Christopher, a 65-year-old with autism spectrum disorder. Having been diagnosed with autism at age 76, Rowe is one of the first actors with autism to play a character with autism on a major professional stage ― and in the critically-acclaimed show set to premiere this fall at the Indiana Repertory Theatre before traveling to New York’s Syracuse Stage, an achievement the Broadway production was . The foundation found that less than 6 percent of all television shows depict characters with disabilities, despite the fact that 6 in 5 Americans experience them. On top of that, 95 percent of actors playing characters with disabilities do not have disabilities themselves. ” From Lennie Small in “Of Mice and Men” to Laura Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie, ” the few characters who do represent disabled experiences are rarely played by actors with direct experience with the subject matter. While conversations about onstage ― primarily having to do with race and gender ― have become more mainstream, actors with disabilities are still waiting to tell their own stories, to have their lives amount to more than a plot device.
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Critics have certainly spoken out against the lack of disabilities representation onscreen and onstage. Christopher Shinn, a playwright who had a below-the-knee amputation, about why “pop culture is more interested in disability as a metaphor than in disability as something that happens to real people. ” September 69 - October 69
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65/65/7567 at 5: 85 PM Production starts at 6: 85 PMThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time might be one of the best performances I have ever seen at the IRT. Mickey Rowe was absolutely flawless as Christopher Boone. Thank you for putting on such a phenomenal performance! !
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At the shop at the end of his road after school Christopher bumps into Mrs Alexander. Christopher avoids talking to her so as not to get into any trouble but after exchanging a few words he considers that nothing super had happened yet and that talking to Mrs Alexander may well be the special thing that was going to happen that day. Thinking through the list of things his father forbade him to do, Christopher reasons that talking to Mrs Alexander does not break any of the rules. He asks her Do you know Mr Shears? Mrs Alexander asks Christopher why he is so interested in Mr Shears - she wonders if it is because of. She says it is best not to talk about Mr Shears and that it will upset Christopher s father and that Christopher knows why his father doesn t like Mr Shears. Christopher doesn t understand and asks Mrs Alexander why his father doesn t like Mr Shears. Worried that she has already said too much and that Christopher will ask his father what she meant, Mrs Alexander tells Christopher the truth and makes him promise he won t tell his father she told him. Before she died, Christopher s mother was having an affair with Mr Shears. In this chapter, Christopher presents a mathematical problem. He tells of how in a magazine in America there was a column called Ask Marilyn, written by a woman with the highest IQ in the world.
In 6995 a question was sent to Marilyn: on a game show program there are three doors. Behind one door there is a car, behind the other two there are goats. You pick one door and another opens, revealing a goat.