"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," by Mark Haddon

Presented by: The Department of Theatre and Dance

October 7-8, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Katharine Cornell Theatre
Ellicott Complex

Adult: $10 + $1 CFA Fee
Student/Senior: $5 + $1 CFA Fee

Special Thanks to our 2022-2023 Season Sponsors:

Fox Run at Orchard Park

constellation lines of a dog and question mark in the night sky.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.

Based on the novel of the same name, by Mark Haddon, “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” involves a significant reworking of the source material. Rather than present the story in the first-person narrative, as the novel did, the play is presented as a reading of Boone's own writing, read aloud in segments by their teacher, Siobhan. 

The story concerns the mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor's dog which is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who is autistic. It also explores Christopher’s relationship with their parents, Ed and Judy. 

Theatre critic Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the work "manipulative,"  writing that it "retunes the way you see and hear" by forcing you to embrace a heightened sensory perception along with the main protagonist.

Curious Incident premiered in August 2012 at the National Theatre in London before it transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End during March 2013. The production won 7 Olivier Awards in 2013 (including Best New Play)/

The Broadway production debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in October 2014, and closed on September 4th 2016. It won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

This new production, directed by Thomas Hughes Bellavigna, and assistant directed by John K. DellaContrada will put its audiences into the mindset of Christopher, immersing the audience into a space which helps them to sympathize with Christopher’s experience exploring London alone.  

Unique staging elements used in this production were inspired by shows such as Jamie Llyod’s recent production of “The Seagull” and Rebecca Frecknall’s “Cabaret on the West End.” The world of “Curious Incident” is “new-form” and “absurd,” but it will be sure to move you (literally).