“Not all murderers are caught, not all murderers are stopped”, “but who would kill a dog”?
One doesn’t need to travel to a London stage to experience a remarkable rendition of a revival of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a play by Simon Stephens, and adaption of the book by Mark Haddon. Laramie County Community College will host a six-performance run, starting tonight.
The setting is Swinton, London, where a dog named Wellington that appears to have been skewered with a garden fork was discovered dead by neighbor Christopher Boone, a poignant and clever 15-year-old boy who lives with his father, Ed.
Christopher appears to suffer from some type of disorder such as autism or Aspergers and is often times uneasy and skittish. Because of this demeanor, he is initially accused of killing the dog. Once Christopher is no longer a suspect in this minor crime, he sets out to investigate it for himself in a Sherlock Holese-sque manner.
In Christopher’s search, his literal-mindedness and accidental hilarity brings a bit of light into a rather messy untangling of information in which Christopher disassembles lie after lie. Christopher’s ultimate journey to find his mother is a testament to his will to push beyond his personal limitations.
Throughout the performance, the audience was absorbed into the meticulously presented box-like stage. The lights and sounds during the performance granted a unique window into a disorentating experience similar to what it would feel like to be overwhelmed by information similar to the way Christopher was.
During dress rehearsals, powerful performances were given all around. Leading actor Brandon Brown gave a chillingly convincing characterization of Christopher; his fear was palpable, and you immediately felt connected to his character. Actor Cody Harvick, who played Christopher’s father Ed, embodied a loving but overworked father; his explosive acting was startling and raw. I dare anyone who’s not personally connected to the actors to single out the real british accent among the cast.
Opening night of the play is 7:30 p.m. tonight and is accompanied by free food and refreshments.
The Cast: Christopher: Brandon Brown; Ed: Cody Harvick; Judy: Bianca White; Siobhan: Mac Marino; Mrs. Alexander: Breanna VanDyke; Mrs. Shears: Brianna Perry; Roger: Lucas Drank; Ensemble: James Brown, Kersten Cussins, Avery Deary, Jedediah Huntzinger, Shimon Nyman, Sterlie Quist, April Sandoval-Eaton, Breanna Van Dyke, Jacob Whittecar, and Matthew Wren. Construction and Crew: Stewart Andres, Charles Detheridge, Elizabeth Fields, Elijah Herrera, Konnar Knotwell, Victoria LaPlante, Benny Lujan, Brigid Nelson, Ray Pace, Megan Schwartz, Jaren Sturgis, Anthony Syracuse, Amber True, Haven Wester, Brenan Williamson, and Zach Hurst. Directed by Jason Pasqua. Assistant Director Olivia Saulsberry. Assistant Stage Manager(s): Alexandra Castilleja and Amber True; House Manager: Bridgid Nelson; Sets and Shop Foreman: Alexander Soden; Lighting Design: Alexander Soden and Zach Hurst ; Original Music: Christophers Theme: Sam Jones; Props: Avery Deary and Brianna Perry; Sound, Jason Pasqua; Voice Consultant/Dramaturge: Matthew Wren; Educational Consultants: Jenefer Pasqua, MA. MS.; Jonathan Carrier, Jedediah Huntzinger, Shimon Nymon, Dr. Arshi Rizwani-Nisley, Dave Zwonitzer. About 3 hours with a 15 minute intermission, $10 general admission, free for students. Opening night: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Future performances: Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 2-4. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for all performances.