Facing Challenges in the Playhouse: The LCCC Playhouse presents – “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

This spring’s play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is set to begin this April. The multi award-winning play, based on the book by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, follows the story of Christopher Boone, a teenaged boy who finds math easier to interact with more than people. After discovering the neighbor’s dog has died, Boone begins an investigation, suspecting foul-play, but soon finds himself on an amazing journey of self-discovery.

“I love a good challenge,” said Jason Pasqua, theatre instructor at Laramie County Community College.

No stranger to a challenge, Pasqua has directed several award-winning plays since he joined LCCC in 2005 and he couldn’t be more pleased with the outcomes that have followed.

“I’ve got to be excited about something so that the students can be excited about it,” Pasqua said.

According to Pasqua, some of the challenges that he faces for this production includes coordinating a cast and crew of 31 students, and designing a fairly complex stage setup which will include multiple locales based in the London and Swindon, UK areas. Among the cast and crew is Stage Manager Emilygrace Piel, as well as Lighting and Scenic Designer Alexander Soden, both of whom have won several awards for previous LCCC productions. Also, actor Brandon Brown, who recently joined the Theatre program this past fall, will be playing the role of Christopher Boone.

Despite the challenges that are to come, Pasqua said he is confident in the abilities of his students when facing those challenges.

“You know, one of the things I have discovered about myself when I think about my teaching and my directing is that when I am personally moved by a play, and this play kicked me pretty hard, it really allows all that passion to come through. It’s a big challenge, and I love taking on a big challenge, and hopefully I can help teach the students to face challenges like that too,” Pasqua said.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will be performed at the LCCC Playhouse, April 25-27 and May 2-4. All dates start at 7:30 p.m. and have an approximate run-time of two hours. Tickets can be reserves by email at boxoffice@lccc.wy.edu. General Admission tickets are $10, and students are free.

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