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‘Curious’ Conversations Will Discuss Neurodiversity and Translating Math into Art

20837568_178299379379456_6308630513359781888_nCenter Theatre Group will host two Community Conversations inspired by “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” on Friday, August 25 and Wednesday, September 6. Community Conversations are a series of panel discussions that are free and open to the public and feature local thought leaders in dialogue about the context, issues and ideas finding voice on our stages.
The National Theatre production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Simon Stephens is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott (“War Horse”). Performances will continue at the Ahmanson Theatre through September 10, 2017.
The first “Curious Incident…” Community Conversation will kick off Friday, August 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with Neurodiversity: Exploring the Differences in Our Brains. Mark Haddon describes his novel as being “about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way.” In this pre-show conversation, panelists will discuss these factors and will unpack the term neurodiversity, highlighting our differences, strengths and what we contribute to society. This event will take place at The Music Center Annex building, 601 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, in Rehearsal Room C.
The panelists for this event will be Coby Bird, Elaine Hall and Dr. Dan Siegel. Bird is an actor and singer with autism who performs regularly with The Miracle Project, an organization that gives individuals with autism and other disabilities social and communication skills through performance, and has most recently appeared on ABC’s “Speechless.” Hall is the founder of The Miracle Project and has pioneered the use of theatre to connect with individuals with autism. She’s been featured in The New York Times and was recently profiled in the HBO documentary “Autism: The Musical.” Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is a bestselling author and has been published extensively on the topic of neuroscience.
The second “Curious Incident…” Community Conversation will be Wednesday, September 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with Translating Math Into Art. In this pre-show conversation, panelists will discuss how artists have been combining math and art for decades. This conversation will allow community members to see how artists are currently translating math into art and will allow them the unique opportunity to experience the beauty of math and art up close. This event will take place at The Music Center Annex building, 601 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, in Rehearsal Room C. Panelists to be announced at a later date.

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