By Simon Stephens | Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a play by Simon Stephens based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, referencing a Sherlock Holmes’ short story. It opened in 2014, and won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics’ Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows is a funny, poignant and fascinating portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.
The director welcomes actors from all ethnicities. For the role of Christopher, the director is looking to cast an actor who is neuro-divergent. However, if an actor cannot be found we will cast a neuro-typical performer and work with expert consults to maintain the integrity of Christopher’s story.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script assigned by the director. Actors will be auditioning for director Cristen Monson, producer Ashleigh Feger, choreographer Bailey Reiser, and assistant director Judy Stroh.
Due to COVID safety protocols the production staff are looking to cast actors who have been fully vaccinated. Based on CDC guidelines and Illinois COVID phase restrictions we are hoping to perform without masks. For a perusal copy of the script please email [email protected]
Characters (All Roles Open)
Christopher Boone - Male actor 15-21 plays a 15-year-old male, brilliant at “maths”, neurodivergent/on the autism spectrum, searching for the killer of his neighbor's dog, Wellington.
Siobhan (pronounced shiVAWN) - age open, teacher at Christopher's school, she understands him best.
Ed Boone - 30s - 40s, Christopher's father, loving, but quick tempered, stressed and frustrated with his situation in life. He always has Christopher's best interest at heart. Drinks a bit to cope.
Judy - 30s - 40s - Christopher's mother, loving but doesn't really understand how to relate to Christopher.
Actor 1 - female, 30s - 40s, plays Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on Train, Shopkeeper
Actor 2 - male, 30s - 40s, plays Roger Shears, Duty Sergeant, Mr. Wise, Man Behind Counter, Drunk One
Actor 3 - male, 20s - 50s, plays Policeman, Mr. Thompson, Drunk Two, Man with Socks, London Policeman
Actor 4 - male, 40s - 70s, plays Reverend Peters, Uncle Terry, Station Policeman, Station Guard
Actor 5 - any gender, 20s - 30s, plays No. 40, person in the Street, Information, Punk
Actor 6 - female, 30s - 70s, plays Mrs. Alexander, Posh Woman