It’s a play that works on every level — eye-opening, crowd-pleasing, life-affirming and unmissable.
This transformative play shook the West End as well as Broadway to the core with its life affirming themes that blend interpretation of events through the eyes of a myriad of characters centering around Christopher, a 15 year old with autism. The fact that Christopher is on the autism spectrum causes sensitivity to sound, light, and words. Christopher craves order and truth, but is unable to have normal human interactions due to hyper sensitivity to stimuli of all kinds. The audience is rapidly thrust inside the beautiful but tormented mind of Christopher who reveals the secret, magical complexities within.
Christopher, as he aims to solve a murder mystery during this family drama, deals with a plethora of characters, played by Voices 1-6. The characters interchangeably encourage, abuse and love him in ways that makes the audience want to champion him and jump on his team.
Through the vehicle of these meaningful interactions, Christopher metamorphoses from an innocent youth to an extraordinary young man who realizes his value as he approaches truth with his own self-discovered nobility.
A celebrated six-time Tony Award winning show, the production now has made the exodus from Broadway into the vast world of community theatre, as well as academia, with fresh interpretations, expressive sets, costuming and choreography that must be seen to be believed.
The play is so emotionally compelling that no matter how many times it has been presented by various theatres, it never fails to leave the audience awed.
Theatre Guild of Simsbury will orchestrate a dazzling array of sound and light effects, and choreographed movement by a group of actors who remain onstage at all times — alternately handling props, helping animate scenes by impersonating kitchen appliances and other household objects, and playing all the people in Christopher’s life.
Christopher- Emma Rucci
Siobhan/Sean*- Justin Farrell
Ed- Andrew Sharp
Judy- Beth Bouchard
Voice 1- Kate Thomas
Voice 2- George Page
Voice 3- James Springer
Voice 4- Hal Chernoff
Voice 5- Lex Krauth
Voice 6- Diana Yeisley
Mrs. Alexander - Jenna Nikirk
Producer- Diana Yeisley
Director- Katherine Griffin
Technical Director- Wes Baldwin
Stage Manager- Jess McKenna
*With the author’s permission, Theatre Guild of Simsbury has cast the role of Christopher’s teacher as a male, named Sean, played by Justin Farrell. This role is traditionally named Siobhan, a female character. The Producer of TGS recognized the importance of representation of male teachers in special education as it is a position that is predominantly held by female educators as well as the influence that strong male role models have on young people with disabilities.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME was first presented by the National Theatre, London at the Cottesloe Theatre on August 2nd 2012 and transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, West End, London on March 12th 2013. The Play opened in the USA at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on October 5th 2014.
This Play is presented by kind permission of Warner Bros. Entertainment.