Broadway Intersections: The Math Behind “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” at the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan

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Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. “Curious Incident” Star Alex Sharp and MoMath Founder Glen Whitney to Explore Math’s Starring Role in Broadway’s Newest Hit

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Whether you have seen the show, read the book or simply heard the buzz about Curious Incident, this exciting program will reveal math’s omnipresence and enrich your understanding of the world around us.

The National Museum of Mathematic s (MoMath) will offer a unique opportunity to explore math’s starring role in Broadway’s newest hit at Broadway Intersections: The Math Behind “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” on Monday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. Actor Alex Sharp, who stars as Christopher in the play, will join MoMath founder Glen Whitney to discuss how math helps drive dramatic plot and character development. During this interactive program, participants will also enjoy a Q&A with Sharp, one of Broadway’s bright new stars.

Based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, the highly acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is “one of the most fully immersive shows to ever wallop Broadway” (New York Times). In the play, fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey, guided by mathematics, that will change his life forever.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time brings math to life in an extraordinary fashion, and MoMath is thrilled to offer the opportunity for people to gain a deeper understanding of Christopher’s journey to self-discovery,” said Whitney. “Whether you have seen the show, read the book or simply heard the buzz about Curious Incident, this exciting program will reveal math’s omnipresence and enrich your understanding of the world around us.”

As the only math museum in North America, MoMath strives to fulfill the incredible demand for hands-on math programming with exhibits and programs that stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of math to all who visit.

“Innovative programming is at the heart of MoMath’s mission to make math engaging and fun for people of all ages,” said Cindy Lawrence, who joined Whitney in founding MoMath and is now co-executive director. “Programs like Broadway Intersections help visitors discover the many surprising aspects of mathematics and help us move toward our ultimate goal of changing perceptions of mathematics.”

MoMath will host Broadway Intersections: The Math Behind “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” on Monday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit curious.momath.org.

MoMath is located at 11 E 26th Street on the north side of popular Madison Square Park in Manhattan. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit momath.org.

About The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opened to rave reviews on Sunday, October 5, 2014. The acclaimed new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott is currently playing at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). The production is designed by three-time Olivier Award-winner Bunny Christie, with lighting by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, choreography by Scott Graham and Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

About the National Museum of Mathematics
The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics in daily life. The only math museum in North America, MoMath fulfills an incredible demand for hands-on math programming, creating a space where those who are math-challenged – as well as math enthusiasts of all backgrounds and levels of understanding – can revel in the infinite world of mathematics through more than 30 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. MoMath has also been awarded the bronze 2013 MUSE Award for Education and Outreach by the American Alliance of Museums.

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