Wright State Theatre opens new season with ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Wright State Theatre’s production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” runs in the Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center Sept. 27 to Oct. 7. (Photos by Erin Pence)

Wright State University Theatre opens the 2018–19 season with the area premiere of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” in the Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center Sept. 27 to Oct. 7.

Performances are Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.; Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.; and Sept. 30 and Oct. 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. The drama contains adult language and situations.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $15 for students. For tickets and theatre information, call the Box Office at 937-775-2500 Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m., or purchase single tickets online.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is by Stephen Stephens and is based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddons. The drama won five Tony Awards, including Best Play, in 2015 for its Broadway production, and seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, in 2013, for its West End production.

The story centers on a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog investigated by Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old amateur detective who is on the autism spectrum and is a mathematical genius. The play explores Christopher’s relationships with his parents and school mentor.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is directed by Marya Spring Cordes (“Grapes of Wrath,” “Music Man”), with combat choreography by Bruce Cromer. The set is designed by David J. Castellano, costumes by Courtney Michele, lighting by Matthew Benjamin, properties by Terry Webb and sound by James Dunlap.

On the stage, the production features Colin Hodgkin as Christopher Boone; Justin Mathews as Ed Boone; Katie Sinicki as Judy Boone; Kaitlyn Campbell as Siobhan; MacKenzie Kasbaum as Voice One, Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on train and Shopkeeper; Josh Beasley as Roger Sears, Duty Sergeant, Mr. Wise, Man behind Count and Drunk One; Eric Thompson as Voice Three, Police Man, Mr. Thompson, Drunk Two, Man with Socks and London Police; Mark Antony Howard as Voice Four, Rev. Peters, Uncle Terry and Station Guard; Hailey Marshall as Voice Five, No. 40 and others, Lady in the Street, Information and Punk Girl; Isabella Andrews as Voice Six, Mrs. Alexander and Posh Woman.

Dayton Power and Light is the opening play presenting sponsor for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

As part of the university’s production, Wright State has partnered with SICSA to promote animal adoption in the Dayton region. To learn more about adopting the dog featured in the production (or any pet), contact the SICSA Pet Adoption Center at 937-294-6505.

2018–2019 Wright State Theatre season
The Wright State Theatre season continues with “Crazy for You” in the Festival Playhouse Nov. 1–18. The season also includes:

  • “The Liar,” Herbst Theatre, Nov. 30–Dec. 9
  • “Mother Courage and Her Children,” Festival Playhouse, Feb. 7–17
  • “If/Then,” Herbst Theatre, Feb. 22–March 3
  • “A Little Night Music,” Festival Playhouse, March 21–April 7

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