One City One Story

What if an entire community read the same book at the same time?

The Hippodrome Theatre and their partners hope to answer that question later this month through their One City One Story program. 

“One City One Story is a great program that fits right into the mission of the Hipp,” said Stephanie Lynge, Hippodrome Artistic Director. “One City One Story allows us to bring our storytelling off the main stage and look at it from more perspectives in collaboration with the community.”

Starting with an open-mic night at the Hipp on August 22 and continuing with events through September, One City One Story aims to bring the community together through thought-provoking discussion of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” The book, by Mark Haddon, has since been developed into a Tony Award-winning play by Simon Stephens; the Hipp and the UF School of Theater and Dance will partner on a production of the play that opens on August 30.

This year’s story revolves around Christopher, a young man whose unique characteristics, which resemble Autism Spectrum Disorder, shape the plot of “Curious Incident.”

“‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is the perfect play for One City One Story and for our upcoming season, Breaking Boundaries,” Lynge said.  “Through Christopher, we get to experience life through the eyes of someone who processes and experiences the world differently than many of us.”

This year, those new ideas will center on Christopher’s unique condition and themes like individuality that are presented in “Curious Incident.”

The Hippodrome will be collaborating with other Gainesville organizations including UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the Alachua County Library System, and UF’s student theatre company, Florida Players.

On top of the Hipp’s theatrical production, One City One Story will also include a lecture series, UF-partnered panels, an informal book club, a stage reading presentation and more. All events will be free and open to the public.

One City One Story Events:

Open Mic Night: Individuality & Identity
Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.
At the Hipp Lower Level

Alachua County Library Book Club
Sunday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
At the Hipp Lower Level

Unique: A New Theatrical Performance
Created and performed by local middle and high school students
Monday, Aug. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
At Alachua County Headquarters Library

New Stage Play Reading: “Milligrams” by Laura Chiarello
Presented by UF’s Florida Players
Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
At the Hipp Lower Level

Led Panel Discussion with Director Dr. Ralf Remshardt & UF’s CARD Center for Autism
Saturday, Aug. 31 & Saturday, Sept. 14
Immediately following matinee performance on the Hipp Mainstage