‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ performances begin tonight!

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ performances begin next weekendFrustration drives Christopher's parents Judy Boone (Nikki York) and Ed Boone (Brett Maynard) to explode. Photo credit: John Eaton.

Director Thomas Putnam has announced the cast of the Hamilton-Gibson (HG) production, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

The leads are Rob Garrison as Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old math genius who has difficulty with relationships and social situations; Nikki York as Mrs. Judy Boone, Christopher’s mother; Brett Maynard as Mr. Ed Boone, Christopher’s father; and Kimberly Horn as Siobhan, his teacher. 

Garrison is the Deane Center technical director, Mansfield University Music Department graduate, and appeared years ago in the HG production of “Forever Plaid.” York has been in a number of HG productions, most recently as the title character in “Miss Holmes.” Maynard was in HG’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” Horn is a newcomer to HG.

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ performances begin next weekend
Frustration drives Christopher’s parents Judy Boone (Nikki York) and Ed Boone (Brett Maynard) to explode. Photo credit: John Eaton.

The play’s ensemble also includes Sarah Duterte, Herb Johnson, Linda Iseri, Alexandra Kurtz and Keegan Reifer, who each have various roles. Griffin Brown is in charge of sound. 

“Though it is never directly mentioned, Christopher is on the autistic spectrum,” Putnam said. “He is highly verbal and has difficulty reading between the lines; in other words, he takes things very literally.”

Written by playwright Simon Stephens, the show is based on a 2003 mystery novel of the same name by British author Mark Haddon. The first stage performance was given in London on Aug. 12, 2012. 

The setting of the play is in England. The show opens in Swindon, a city west of London; continues on a train, then London and ends back in Swindon.

The play revolves around Christopher’s resolve to discover who killed a neighbor’s dog. His sleuthing results in various encounters, some amusing and others painful. It also explores the young man’s relationship with his parents. 

“The play allows the audience to walk in the shoes of Christopher’s parents who are faced with the challenges of raising a child with autism,” said Putnam. “Throughout the play, Christopher’s teacher reads portions of the book that Christopher writes, which tells of his adventures in solving the mystery. He and his teacher decide to turn his book into a play, which is what the audience experiences,” Putnam said. 

The actors will be on stage almost the entire play. “The set and staging are highly theatrical in that there is no real set with the actors often playing pieces of the set and creating sound effects,” said Putnam.  

Seating for this Hamilton-Gibson production will be on two sides of the Coolidge Theatre with the action taking place in the space in the middle. 

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1 and 2 and Nov. 8 and 9, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, located at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro. 

This show is recommended for teens and adults, ages 13 and older. Note: the play contains crude language that will be offensive to some.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for youth under 18. Co-sponsors of this production are Dr. Richard and Kate Black and Partners In Progress. 

For reservations, contact Hamilton-Gibson at (570) 724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com

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