Century Playhouse Theatre Company

AUDITIONS

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

Based on the Novel by Mark Haddon and Adapted by Simon Stephens Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in London (including Best New Play) & 5 Tony Awards (including Best Play) and is considered by many around the world to be one of the greatest scripts written in the 21st Century!

“This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving…resonates with quality.” -The Telegraph (London)

“:…just terrific…a profoundly moving play about adolescence, fractured families, mathematics, colors and lights…dazzling.” –The Independent (London)

“Curious Incident is the most inventive new show on Broadway—NY Post

Audition Dates: August 31st and September 1st , 2021 at 6:00PM, Callbacks will be held on September 2nd. (No appointments required)

Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday 6:00PM-10:00PM, September 7th-October 14th, 2021

[Note: Although this is an ensemble play and most of the cast is onstage almost the entire production, not every actor will be called to rehearsal every night and/or all of every night’s rehearsal until run-throughs.]

Performances:  October 15th-24th, 2021

Location: West Campus Theatre, Century College. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Audition Format

  • Deliver a prepared short story about giving, taking, and/or making judgements about others. This story may be original (truth, fiction, about yourself or about others) or be a cut taken from an outside published source. Maximum Delivery Length: Two (2) Minutes.
  • Readings from the script will also be conducted.
  • Please Note: The telling of this play’s story will include a large amount of creative physical movement by the actors (individually and together as a group). However, adjustments may be made if an actor with physical and/or movement limitations is cast.
  • Audition forms will be available to be filled out at the theatre. You may also attach headshots and resumes.
  • In order to familiarize yourself with the play before auditions, you may be able to find a copy of the script to read for free online by typing: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time script online.” You may also be able to purchase the script on Amazon or another source.

All Roles are open to everyone who auditions (including Century College Students/Faculty/Staff, Community Members from throughout the Twin Cities area, Students/Faculty/Staff from Any College or University, & Century Playhouse Theatre Alumni who are at least 18 years old or are in college). Century Playhouse Theatre Company is committed to diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage individuals from all ethnicities, gender identifications, sexual orientations, and those with physical limitations to audition. The character breakdowns noted below are derived from the playwright’s telling of the story, however, The Century Playhouse Theatre Company invites actors of all identities to audition for any role they are intrigued by and believe they can play well.

About the Play

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Roles

Christopher Boone: 15-year-old (to be played by 18+ actor). Christopher is an extremely intelligent and introverted individual who is neurodivergent (on the autism spectrum). Although he is very sensitive to sounds, does not like to be touched, and is overtly responsive to a myriad of sensory stimuli, he pushes himself to seek answers (including his current search to find out who killed Wellington-the neighbor’s dog-with a pitchfork. Christopher discovers many unexpected insights along his investigative journey). NOTE: The actor playing the role of Christopher may or may not identify as neurodivergent. We are open to the possibility of casting an actor who identifies as being neurodivergent for this role and if so, and if necessary, we will make accommodations to support the individual’s needs. 

Siobhan: Christopher’s Teacher. She has the ability to understand Christopher and empathize with his view in a clearer format than most others in Christopher’s life. She not only is Christopher’s mentor and motivator, but she also serves as the narrator and interactive commentator of the book Christopher wrote about his experiences.

Ed Boone: Christopher’s Father. Separated from his wife, Judy, Ed loves and cares for Christopher very much. While Ed has the best of fatherly intentions, because of the struggles and frustrations which have been multiplying in his life associated to his marital complications and communication difficulties with Christopher, Ed makes some questionable decisions which aggravate the situation. Ed, a plumber and heating engineer, is a proud, hard-working, middle-class man.  

Judy Boone: Christopher’s Mother. Separated from her husband, Ed, following an affair with her neighbor, Roger Shears. She loves her son very much but does not have the patience to work through the challenges of raising Christopher and she felt she was not getting equal support and help from Ed. At the same time, Judy blames herself for her perceived inabilities regarding her care of Christopher. She has a loving interior shrouded by a tough and, at times, feisty exterior.

Mrs. Shears/Mrs. Gascoyne/Woman on Train/Shopkeeper/Others: Mrs. Shears is Roger’s ex-wife, Christopher’s neighbor, and owner of the just murdered dog, Wellington. She is angry because of her husband’s affair with Judy and her current situation. She is a ‘friend’ of Ed. Mrs. Gascoyne is the headmistress of Christopher’s school for special needs, although she is seemingly not at all empathetic to the students’ needs, is very condescending, and not educationally inspiring. Woman on the Train is a fun character who encounters Christopher on the train. Shopkeeper is a spicy character who meets Christopher when he requests her assistance.

Roger Shears/Duty Sergeant/Others: Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears ex-husband. A middle-class man who works at a bank. He has left his wife as a result of his affair with Judy, which is a relationship not built on sturdy ground. He doesn’t have a clue, or any interest, in understanding Christopher. Duty Sergeant is a local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded.

Mrs. Alexander/Posh Woman/Others: Mrs. Alexander is 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 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. Posh Woman is a stuffy woman upset with Christopher when he is touching her luggage on the train.

Reverend Peters/Uncle Terry/Station Policeman/Station Guard/Others: Reverend Peters is a vicar, pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher’s questions about religion and is later tasked with supervising Christopher during a test. Uncle Terry is Christopher’s uncle who offers Christopher to stay with him. Station Policeman is 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. The Station Guard confronts Christopher at the train platform.

Policeman/Mr. Thompson/Man with Socks/Others: Policeman is 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 is 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 is a guy waiting for the tube in London who suddenly has to help convince Christopher to get up from the train tracks.

NO. 40/Information/Punk Girl/Lady in Street/Others: N0. 40 is 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 is a busy information clerk in a London Railroad Station who Christopher asks for directions. Punk Girl is a young woman in the tube station who tries to help Christopher. Lady in Street is a women Christopher asks for assistance who is very nice but gets frustrated with Christopher’s inquisitions.

[Note: All of these roles (pardoning Christopher) are ensemble roles. There are more roles than listed above which will be assigned to cast members. The cast works as a magical ensemble who not only play numerous characters but also, through their many physical and creative movements, make the invisible and changing locations visible and comprehensible. The play, and its storytelling, is in continual and everchanging motion.]

For More Information email: paul.aberasturi@century.edu (no telephone calls please).

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