The Pittsfield Players present The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Published: 03-22-2023 12:00 PM

Set in modern-day England, just outside London, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a play based on the book of the same name by Mark Haddon.

Directed by Meggin Dail and produced by Jon Martin, it arrives on the Scenic stage at 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, for one weekend only, March 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and March 26 at 2 p.m.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is not what it seems and everything you wouldn’t expect. Christopher Boone, played by Luca J. Pellegrine, tells the story of how he solved the case of his neighbor’s dog being slain with a gardening fork while along the way finding the truth about his mother, bonding with his teacher and learning to accept that his father, faults and all, is more like Christopher than he seems.

Along for the journey are the many witnesses in the town where Christopher lives and beyond. Friends, acquaintances and strangers alike, shape Christopher’s very brave move to not only solve the curious incident but help to become more independent along the way. Christopher is a 15-year-old boy who is on the Autism spectrum and rarely departs from his usual routine but once he realizes there is more to Wellington’s death than finding out who did it, he understands that the world is not as it always seemed and he’s going to have to learn to accept help if he is to survive this quest.

“Curious Incident” is not your typical show. Even if you think you’ve seen the show before, each performance is different because the script does not indicate how to perform it. There is no set design given; the characters, for the most part, do not leave the stage and the imagery relies heavily on props, lights and your imagination.

Almost every person in this cast has had their own personal experience with someone on the Autism spectrum; whether they are themselves, have family members who are; or work with those who do. All of them have an understanding. All of them are magical.

Expect nothing. Be transported. Let your imagination loose. Take it all in or just one piece at a time. See the characters for who they are. They’re us. They’re all around you. They’re your own village.

Autism touches all of us in some way and we might not even know it. Whether you’ve grown up with it; you’re neurodivergent yourself; or you have children or work with children who are on the spectrum. We can all learn how to cope and live more acceptingly together because being a part of something is so much better than being on your own.

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This show contains strong language, violence, and adult humor. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased on The Pittsfield Players website (pittsfieldplayers.org) or by calling the box office at 603-435-8853.

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