The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the best-selling book by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is funny, thought-provoking, and allows audiences to see the world through the mind of a 15-year-old boy, Christopher, who is on the autism spectrum.
The play opens to a dead dog on its side with a garden pitchfork sticking out of it. Christopher, who is a math genius with an amazing memory but cannot deal with multiple layers of reality, interpersonal relationships, or metaphorical language, sets out on a detective journey to find out who killed the neighbor’s dog, Wellington. Playing the lead role of Christopher is Danny Preklas who appeared in Junie B Jones the Musical, JR., and is making his MHT Signature Series debut. This adventure leads him to engage with the world around him and, in the process, gives audience members a glimpse into how the world appears to this young man. Helping us with this theatrical journey is the character of Siobhan (pronounced Shiv-on). She is Christopher’s teacher and, sometimes, his thought translator for the audience. Playing Siobhan is Paris Jones who last appeared in Sweat. Though a loving father Ed, played by Tony Kitchen, struggles to connect with his son. Since Christopher cannot stand to be touched without being overwhelmed; the only way his father Ed can express physical affection is by momentarily touching Christopher’s fingertips to his own. His mother Judy, played by Kacey Darling, lives in the city and eventually becomes invested in Christopher's journey helping him discover truths and guiding him home. A large group of ensemble actors including Isaac Galliher, Miranda Bliss, Stacy Wyatt, Christopher Burnett, Jalen Harris, and Gracie Craft round out the other characters and often help provide the scenery and the action in theatrical ways.
“Ever since I saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway, I wanted someday for Market House Theatre to do the show,” says Artistic Director Michael Cochran, “I really felt like I was seeing the world through the mind of a 15-year-old boy Christopher, who is on the autism spectrum.”
He continues, “The play is a “play within a play” and occasionally the playwright has given the audience that reality check as when Christopher corrects them when they don’t get the story right or when Christopher things someone is too old to play a part. Because of the “play within a play” concept, the style we chose was to have the actors play different characters as they move through the story. The only person who never changes is Christopher. Also, we used cubes and a few moveable scenic walls similar to the items that might be in a classroom or a school to create all the locations represented in the amazing journey Christopher took on his own. As each person on the autism spectrum is unique, so is the character of Christopher. His brilliance and ability to see all of the details and to navigate his journey through life is inspirational for all of us.”
Scenic and Lighting Designer Tom Hansen has carved out a basic playing space that works for Christopher’s mathematic linear mind. The production team includes Costume Designer Angela Hoerner, Assistant Designer Jennifer Miller, Production Manager Bryan Chapman, and Master Carpenter Jim Keeney. Assisting with Set Construction is Jonathan Gericke with Randy Hines as Light Board Operator and Aspyn Burnett as Projections Operator. Michael Cochran is directing with Alexia Hines as the Stage Manager. Original music by Caleb Julian.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an add-on show option for the Signature Series and is one weekend only at MHT. This play contains some coarse language and mature situations, so audience discretion is advised. This is not a play for audience members who are on the autism spectrum.
The show opens on November 7 with performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 PM. Adult tickets begin at $22 with student tickets beginning at $14. Tickets are available through the Box Office at 270.444.6828, online at www.MarketHouseTheatre.org or in person at 132 Market House Square.
New for this season, there will also be an early preview performance on Wednesday, November 6th at 7 PM. Enjoy an earlier start time on a Wednesday evening prior to the formal show opening on Thursday night. No concessions will be available, and programs will not be passed out for the preview. Tickets for this performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Must be purchased through the Box Office at 270.444.6828.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an add-on show option for the Signature Series. This play contains some coarse language and some mature situations so audience discretion is advised. This is not a play for audience members who are on the autism spectrum.
A- contains some mature subject matter
L- contains some coarse language