February 2024ISRAELL'CHAIM

Curious at CCAE Theatricals

Photo by Ken

Photo by Ken Jacques

Running from February 16 to March 3, 2024, The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time, will be performed by CCAE Theatricals. Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident features 15-year-old Christopher, an intellectually advanced math wizard, falling under suspicion of killing the neighbor’s dog. He becomes driven to locate the perpetrator and in the true style of Sherlock Holmes, he is led on a life changing, exciting journey across London. Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by J. Scott Lapp, (Witnesses, 2022 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Musical & Direction), Curious is “a story of love, family and bravery in the most unlikely of environments.”

Described as part-mystery, family drama and a young-adult adventure tale, the play illustrates the power of theater to tell incredible stories.

Natalie Iscovich is the choreographer of the 12 performers onstage. She has created movement that enhances each of their performances, adding depth to the story.

As a Los Angeles-based performer, dancer, choreographer and teacher, she has been a part of various live productions, as well as film and television.

Asked what the audience will take away from Curious, she said, “Really it’s a story about human beings dealing with complex issues in their lives. At the end of the day, every character comes to a better understanding of one another and a heightened awareness of others.”

The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Iscovich is proud of her Jewish heritage. As we discussed how Judaism informs her performance and choreography, Natalie stated that music has been a huge part of her Jewish identity, finding meaning through singing the Jewish prayers and taking part in the ritual customs.

When asked what advice she would give to young people seeking a career in the performing arts and dance, she said, “Don’t wait for success. Keep Practicing. Do the things you love very well and people will find you.”

CCAE Theatricals, formerly part of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, recently became its own separate 501c3 non profit organization. As the resident professional theatre company at the Art Center in Escondido, they will continue to produce full seasons of shows including plays, musicals, cabarets and concerts. J. Scott Lapp (Artistic Director) and Jordan Beck (Managing Producer), joined by Julianna Crespo (Executive Director) and Tom Abruzzo (Director of Education & Engagement) are excited to be shepherding in this new era for the award-winning company that took home the 2022 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Production with the musical Witnesses. Learn more at www.theatricals.org.


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