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Illinois Theatre has a sensory friendly performance happening March 9th

The latest Illinois Theatre production, debuting tonight at Krannert Center in the Colwell Playhouse, is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a story about a teen on the autism spectrum who falsely accused of killing his neighbor’s dog, and subsequently launches an investigation into the incident. It’s based on a book by Mark Haddon, which I read, so I’m looking forward to seeing it play out on the stage. 

The Saturday afternoon performance of the show will be a unique one, in that it will be a “sensory-friendly” show. What does that mean? From the press release:

On Saturday, March 9 at 1pm, for the first time, Illinois Theatre will offer a sensory-friendly performance for adult and young adult audience members (and their families) who are on the autism spectrum or who otherwise need a less intense sensory experience. This performance is intended as a safe and welcoming opportunity for adults and young adults on the autism spectrum and their supporters. The relaxed, sensory-friendly environment may also work well for those who have other chronic issues, may not be able to sit for long periods of time, or may simply enjoy a more casual performance experience. “Social Story” booklets will be available in advance to help audience members know what to expect during their visit to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and during the play itself. In addition to modifications of the lighting, sound, and media designs, audiences are invited to bring comfort items (fidget toys, blankets, etc.) with them and to utilize a “safe space” area outside of the theatre as needed, where a live video feed of the performance will be available.

Note, this play contains a graphic description of an animal’s death, which might not be suitable for all. They recommend attendees be at least 14 years of age. 

You can purchase tickets for this special performance here, and you can find tickets for the other performances, here.

Editor’s Note, 6:53 p.m.: In the original version of this SPlog, the title said “this weekend”, which was a mistake. We’ve since corrected the mistake.

Staff writer

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