2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Performing Arts
Jason Craig decided to leave the professional entertainment industry in search of theater that is better interlocked within community. After countless hours of google searching through local theater companies, he came across Theatrikos website and noticed they were producing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Instantly he gave his two weeks into the producer of a six month contract and found himself in the beautiful mountains of Northern Arizona.
Jason’s portrayal of Christopher, the lead role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was simply spectacular, audience review’s have said. The production was a daring take on difficult source material. Christopher, is a young autistic man, and Jason Craig fulfilled the role with careful sensitivity, while the supporting cast brought heart and love to their interactions with him. Not only did the cast master a range of accents but nearly everyone was asked to play several characters and grasp complicated mathematical concepts. It would have been easy and inaccurate to have overplayed this part. But Jason portrayed very accurate characteristics of autism, making the performance nuanced and very powerful.
One of the integral parts of The Curious Incident is Christopher’s love of mathematics. After the curtain call, he reappears on stage, happy as a clam, and regales the audience with four minutes of geometry, complete with a diagram and special lights and sound. The audience members were happy to stay even longer to witness Christopher’s mathematical demonstration– blending art and math kept the interest level high, even after more than two hours of a difficult emotional journey.
Ticket sales were impressive for this relatively unknown production– word of mouth spread like wildfire and most seats were filled every night. This is encouraging and can serve as a model for future lesser-known plays.