The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Adapted by Simon Stephens Directed by Chance Dean
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Rehearsal dates: April 20 – May 21. Monday – Thursday 7-10pm & Saturdays 10-2. Some Friday rehearsal may be added.
Auditions take place Monday February 3rd and Tuesday February 4th beginning at 7:00 PM. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Auditioners are welcome to attend both evenings of auditions, but it is not required. There is no pay. Headshot and resume are recommended but not required.
The Play is set in the present in Swindon, England and London. (Come prepared with appropriate accent, though this production may not ultimately use any accents).
All actors will be members of an ensemble (5 men/5women) who are onstage for much of the play and most play multiple characters. There is movement required by all the actors in the company and requires no prior specific training but is very much an integral element to this production to move with precision, speed, agility and imagination. For certain company members it will also require strength, stamina and athleticism.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time performs May 22nd - June 7th.
Characters 5 Men, 5 Women
CHRISTOPHER BOONE: To play teens. An English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. This lack of understanding often makes the world seem frustrating and frightening to him, and he can become agitated and even violent when he has to deal with too many overwhelming external stimuli. Incredibly intelligent but shy and mistrusting of strangers, Christopher feels things deeply but doesn’t know how to express or articulate them. He has a brilliant mind, can be fixated on certain topics, and thinks in a highly logical way, which makes him excel in math and science, but because he perceives language literally, he does not understand sarcasm or metaphors. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Actor must be physically very fit and agile. English accent. Any ethnicity.
ED BOONE / OTHERS: Late 30s- Early 50s. Christopher’s father. He is estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. He is a good man but there is a lot on Ed’s shoulders when he first enters the play – in pain and near breaking point, though he does not openly express it. He has trouble communicating with Christopher, who often frustrates him. And though he’s naturally practical and much more patient in dealing with Christopher than Judy, a difficult situation can make him lose it. A plumber and heating engineer by trade, naturally good with his hands. English accent appropriate to working middle class. Any ethnicity.
JUDY BOONE / OTHERS: Late 30s-50. Christopher’s mother, she is estranged from her husband, Ed after having an affair with her neighbor Roger. She works as a secretary and is a working class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son and blames herself for her inability to cope with him effectively. She has had a hard life and had to fight for things, which she is ready to do, as she is feisty and doesn’t take anything lying down. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation with Christopher and it frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation. She wishes she knew how to truly reach and care for Christopher. Independent, lonely and proud, she doesn’t easily ask for help and has never had the proper social resources to help her. English accent appropriate to working middle class. Any ethnicity.
SIOBHAN / OTHERS: Late 20s-40s. Christopher’s teacher and mentor, she is the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings. English or Irish or Welsh or Scottish accent. Any ethnicity.
MRS. SHEARS/MRS. GASCOYNE/OTHERS: Late 30s-50. MRS SHEARS: Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor, she is rough around the edges. She is furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. It is her dog, Wellington that was found killed in the night. MRS GASCOYNE: The headmistress of the school for “special needs” children that Christopher attends. Condescending and lacking in sensitivity, nuance and imagination. English accents appropriate to class. Any ethnicity.
ROGER SHEARS/DUTY SERGEANT/OTHERS: Late 30s-50. ROGER SHEARS: Mrs. Shears ex-husband. A middle class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy, which not built on sturdy ground. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. DUTY SERGEANT: A local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded. English accents appropriate to class. Any ethnicity. Actor must be strong, fit and agile.
MRS. ALEXANDER/OTHERS: Mid 60s – 70’s. One of Christopher’s neighbors who has probably lived in Swindon her entire life. May be middle class or middle working class. She is a lonely older woman without a lot of means. She is kind, and so hungry for a connection with Christopher that she tries to help him and ultimately reveals information to him about his mother that he did not know. English accents appropriate to class. Any ethnicity.
REVEREND PETERS/STATION POLICEMAN/OTHERS: 40s-50s. REVEREND PETERS: A vicar, pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher’s questions about religion and is later tasked with supervising Christopher during a test. STATION POLICEMAN: A Swindon policeman who gets stuck on a train to London while trying to convince Christopher to get off the train. Easily outsmarted by Christopher. English accents appropriate to class. Any ethnicity. Actor must be strong, fit and agile.
POLICEMAN/MR. THOMPSON/OTHERS: 20s – Early 30s. POLICEMAN: A Swindon policeman who arrests Christopher after Christopher hits him while being questioned about the death of Wellington, the dog. He has no patience or understanding of Christopher’s way of thinking. MR. THOMPSON: A neighbor that Christopher interviews during his investigation of who killed Wellington, the dog. Doesn’t have patience for Christopher’s line of questioning. English accents appropriate to class. Any ethnicity. Actor must be strong, fit and agile.
NO. 40/INFORMATION/PUNK GIRL/OTHERS: 20s – Early 30s. NO. 40: A woman who is a neighbor of Christopher’s who he interviews during his investigation of who killed Wellington the dog. She tries to gently suggest to Christopher that he should talk to his father before asking these questions. INFORMATION: A busy information clerk in a London Railroad Station who Christopher asks for directions. PUNK GIRL: A young woman in the tube station who tries to help Christopher. English accents appropriate to class. Any ethnicity. Actor must be strong, fit and agile.
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