Duluth East Students Promoting Autism Awareness with Latest Play

Created: April 30, 2019 07:38 AM

Duluth East's latest production "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" features a character that has autism. Students are hoping to educate audience members about the disorder with this play. 

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"We do our absolute best to stay respectful about that topic," cast member Christian Chederquist says. 

Before each play, representatives from the Minnesota Autism Center will speak to the audience. Chederquist hopes people have a better mind set when it comes to thinking about people with the disorder.

The play revolves around England teen Christopher Boone, who has autism.  He's on a mission to find who killed his neighbor's dog. Chederquist says the play is humorous, but also has a serious tone.

East student Kate Brinkert is taking on the role of Shibon, a teacher at Christopher's school. Brinkert says her character works closely with him on life skills and other educational needs. Chederquist plays Ed Boone, who is Christopher's single father. Ed's wife died of a heart attack, leaving him with the difficult task of raising an autistic child alone.

"I think one of the biggest take aways is that autism doesn't necessarily make someone different," Brinkert says. "I think that we found that a lot of the things that Christopher does is typical to any 15-year-old boy you'll find."

She believes this production is unlike any other the school has ever done.

Shows are Thursday, May 2, Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Each begins at 7 p.m. at the Duluth East Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They'll be available at the door. 

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