AUDITIONS: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Synopsis: Christopher John Francis Boone possesses extraordinary abilities. He is fascinated by outer space and does high-level “maths” in his head… for fun! These abilities are coupled with a struggle to communicate in the same way as those around him. But, when his neighbor’s dog is mysteriously murdered, Christopher decides to take on the case. This investigation takes him on an epic journey where he defies expectations and unearths long buried secrets.

Auditions: Monday, August 26 5:30-8:30pm and Wednesday, August 28 5:30-8:30pm in the First United Methodist Church Social Hall. Most will not be expected to stay for the full three hours.

Because scenes in this play are short and disjointed, no sides will be provided ahead of time. We encourage you to read the entire play before auditioning

Callbacks: (If necessary) Thursday, August 29 6-8pm

Director: Aaron Nichols
Performance Venue: Warner Theatre
Show Dates: November 1st-10th (with possibility to extend to a third weekend), school performance November 12th at 10 AM

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin with a table read and movement clinic on Saturday, September 7th from 10 AM-5 PM.

Rehearsals will continue from Monday, Sept 9 through October 30. The director prefers Sunday through Thursday rehearsals, but will adjust as needed for cast conflicts.

All actors will be members of an ensemble who are onstage for much of the play. Most will play multiple characters. Some actors will understudy other actors. ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

There is movement required by all the actors in the company. This is very much ensemble and actor based movement and requires no prior specific training but is very much an integral element to this production. For all company members, it will require a willingness to move with precision, speed, agility, and imagination. For certain company members, it will also require strength, stamina, and athleticism.

CHRISTOPHER BOONE:
Teen. An English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. This lack of understanding often makes the world seem frustrating and frightening to him, and he can become agitated and even violent when he has to deal with too many overwhelming external stimuli. Incredibly intelligent but shy and mistrusting of strangers, Christopher feels things deeply but doesn’t know how to express or articulate them. He has a brilliant mind, can be fixated on certain topics, and thinks in a highly logical way, which makes him excel in math and science, but because he perceives language literally, he does not understand sarcasm or metaphors. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Actor must be physically fit, agile, and weigh less than 150 lbs. Any ethnicity.

ED BOONE/OTHERS:
Late 30s - Early 50s. Christopher’s father. He is estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man, Ed is proud, gruff, and brusque; he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. He is a good man but there is a lot on Ed’s shoulders when he first enters the play – in pain and near breaking point, though he does not openly express it. He has trouble communicating with Christopher, who often frustrates him. And though he’s naturally practical and much more patient in dealing with Christopher than Judy, a difficult situation can make him lose it, sometimes violently. A plumber and heating engineer by trade, naturally good with his hands. Any ethnicity.

JUDY BOONE/OTHERS:
Late 30s - 50. Christopher’s mother, she is estranged from her husband, Ed, after having an affair with her neighbor, Roger. She works as a secretary and is a working-class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son and blames herself for her inability to cope with him effectively. She has had a hard life and had to fight for things, which she is ready to do, as she is feisty and doesn’t take anything lying down. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation with Christopher which frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation. She wishes she knew how to truly reach and care for Christopher. Independent, lonely and proud, she doesn’t easily ask for help and has never had the proper social resources to help her. Any ethnicity.

SIOBHAN/OTHERS:
Late 20s - 40s. Christopher’s teacher and mentor. She is the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle, and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings. Any ethnicity.

MRS. SHEARS/MRS. GASCOYNE/OTHERS:
Late 30s - 50. MRS SHEARS: Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor, she is rough around the edges. She is furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. It is her dog, Wellington, that was found killed in the night. MRS GASCOYNE: The headmistress of the school for “special needs” children that Christopher attends. Condescending and lacking in sensitivity, nuance, and imagination. Any ethnicity.

ROGER SHEARS/DUTY SERGEANT/OTHERS:
Late 30s - 55. ROGER SHEARS: Mrs. Shears ex-husband. A middle-class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy, which not built on sturdy ground. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. DUTY SERGEANT: A local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher has been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded. Any ethnicity.

MRS. ALEXANDER/OTHERS:
Mid 60s - 70s. One of Christopher’s neighbors who has probably lived in Swindon her entire life. May be middle class or middle working class. She is a lonely older woman without a lot of means. She is kind, and so hungry for a connection with Christopher that she tries to help him and ultimately reveals information to him about his mother that he did not know. Any ethnicity.

REVEREND PETERS/STATION POLICEMAN/OTHERS:
40s - 60s. REVEREND PETERS: A vicar, pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher’s questions about religion and is later tasked with supervising Christopher during a test. STATION POLICEMAN: A Swindon policeman who gets stuck on a train to London while trying to convince Christopher to get off the train. Easily outsmarted by Christopher. English accents appropriate to class. Any ethnicity.

POLICEMAN/MR. THOMPSON/MAN WITH SOCKS/OTHERS:
20s – 30s. POLICEMAN: A Swindon policeman who arrests Christopher after Christopher hits him while being questioned about the death of Wellington, the dog. He has no patience or understanding of Christopher’s way of thinking. MR. THOMPSON: A neighbor that Christopher interviews during his investigation of who killed Wellington, the dog. Doesn’t have patience for Christopher’s line of questioning. MAN WITH SOCKS: A guy waiting for the tube in London who suddenly has to help convince Christopher to get up from the train tracks. Any ethnicity.

NO. 40/INFORMATION/PUNK GIRL/OTHERS:
20s – Early 30s. NO. 40: A woman who is a neighbor of Christopher’s who he interviews during his investigation of who killed Wellington the dog. She tries to gently suggest to Christopher that he should talk to his father before asking these questions. INFORMATION: A busy information clerk in a London Railroad Station who Christopher asks for directions. PUNK GIRL: A young woman in the tube station who tries to help Christopher. Any ethnicity.

Posted on August 01, 2019