The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time

based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Sarah Merkey

Script Review: Nov. 4, 2018

Audition: Nov. 18, 2018

Performance Dates

Feb. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, & 23, 2019 at 8:00PM
Feb. 17 & 24, 2019 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the February 17 matinee.


The play is set in a working-class neighborhood 45 minutes outside of London. We will work with accents. There is some profane language, but its use is not gratuitous. The role of Christopher should be played by a teenager. Most characters are middle aged, in a range from 30s to 60s. Most actors will play multiple roles and will generally be on stage for the run of the play. The play is fast paced and scenes run continuously with no interruption for set or costume changes. Minimum of 5 women and 4 men are required for the cast.

  • Christopher – (age 15) On the autism spectrum.
  • Siobhan – Christopher's teacher, narrates much of the play.
  • Ed – Christopher's working class dad, doesn't understand Christopher, but loves him.
  • Judy – Christopher's mom.
  • Mrs. Shears – Owner of the dog + other roles.
  • Mr. Shears (Roger) – Judy's boyfriend + other roles.
  • Mrs. Alexander – Kind older neighbor + other roles.
  • Mr. Thompson/Policeman + other roles
  • Neighbor at Number 40/Lady in the Street + other roles
  • Reverend Peters/Uncle Terry + other roles

Someone has killed the next door neighbor's dog and, due to his awkward interactions with the police, 15-year-old Christopher is a suspect. Despite his father's warnings to stay away, Christopher launches an investigation and documents his findings in a book he only shows to his favorite teacher. Along the way he finds that people are more confusing than math. Each secret he uncovers in his working class neighborhood takes him farther outside his comfort zone, and finally on a scary journey that will change his life. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time premiered in London in 2013, winning the Olivier Award for Best Play, and then to Broadway where it won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2015.

Sarah Merkey has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Nazareth College in upstate New York. She has acted in more than 20 plays and musicals, and has directed at high schools and community theatres. At Curtain Players, Merkey has volunteered for everything from parking lot attendant to stage manager, and most recently directed Crimes of the Heart. Her goal in directing The Curious Incident... is to bring out the truth and honesty of the playwrights' words and the characters' motivations and emotions.

When

Where

Script Review takes place at:
Westerville Public Library
126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Meeting Room B

Auditions and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful but not necessary.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. This audition is conducted on Sunday, November 18. Requests for an alternate audition opportunity will be considered by the director if received by November 4. Please submit those to production@curtainplayers.org

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

Rehearsals will typically run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 PM, and Sundays from 2 to 5 PM. The company will begin rehearsing in December at Friendship Village of Columbus (5800 Forest Hills Blvd, Columbus, 43231, off of Ohio 161), and in mid-January move into the Harlem Road playhouse. Rehearsals will be suspended for the week of Christmas, resuming after New Year's Day.

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