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Curious Incident

  • 1.  Curious Incident

    Posted 10 days ago
    For any schools producing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, were you able to get permission to tone down some of the language? I'm considering it for the future, but I don't think my admin will allow our students to say f***.
    Thank you,
    Rob

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    Rob Duval
    Theatre Teacher/Director
    'Iolani School
    Kaneohe HI
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  • 2.  RE: Curious Incident

    Posted 10 days ago
    What a beautiful and impactful show!  We just did The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time for our fall play in November.  It was a joy to direct!  Initially, I had planned to keep the language in the show, thinking mostly high schoolers would be cast in the play. However, I ended up with several middle schoolers in the play (who were exceptionally talented), but the amount of swear words felt larger with the younger kids on stage.

    I made a phone call to Dramatist Play Services and explained our situation and asked what could be done to tone down the language.  Very quickly they were able to give me permission to remove the words "shit" and "fuck" - but no others.  As a cast we met and went over the script, discussing the purpose of each use of "shit" and "fuck" in the play and how it affected the dramatic moment.  Then we voted on whether we felt each one was necessary or if we could portray the true intention of the moment with acting choices without the swear word.  We probably cut the amount in half in the end.

    An example a moment that the cast & I felt that a word was necessary was in scene 22 when Ed hits Christopher.  We felt it was vital Ed say "What the fuck am I going to do with you?" which comes a few moments before Ed hits Christopher.  We felt that this father, grappling with his own frustration would turn to swearing before he would turn to hitting his son.

    I hope this helps - best of luck!

    Exit Stage Right, Becky Beth Benedict
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    [Becky Beth [Benedict]
    [Theater Teacher, Director & Arts Dept Chair]
    [The MacDuffie School
    [Granby] [MA]
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  • 3.  RE: Curious Incident

    Posted 9 days ago
    I have the same questions. Other than the f-word I think it really perfect for High School.

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    Emily Mokrycki
    Theatre Teacher
    Omaha Public Schools
    Omaha NE
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  • 4.  RE: Curious Incident

    Posted 7 days ago
    I just finished designing lights at a high school for this production.  The teacher was able to replace the "not school-appropriate" words with other words.  I'm not sure of the process she went through to do so, but just to say it's possible...so keep it as one of your considerations!

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    Beth Rand, EBMS
    Educational Lighting Designer
    School Theatre Operations Coach

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