The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Auditions

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By Simon Stephens, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon

Directed by Michael O. Budnick
Produced by Jami Wilson and Christine Greene

Audition Dates: 

By appointment only Sunday, September 19, between 12-3pm or Wednesday, September 22, between 6:30 and 9pm with callbacks on Sunday, September 26(if necessary) at Exit Seven Players Theater, 37 Chestnut Street in Ludlow. Please sign up for a slot at Signup Genius

For the audition, please prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monolog that excites you and that you are passionate about. It does not need to be memorized. Actors will also be asked to read for characters using sides from the play. The full play text and copies of sides for various characters are located in this Google Drive folder https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1kGQsjFMK8xDJW04HD9_aKhF4AxfcYMdv

Please download and fill out an audition form from the same folder – being sure to indicate the character(s) you are auditioning for. Return your form to mbudnick@exit7players.org prior to your audition.

Rehearsals will begin after Thanksgiving and will likely be on Tuesday/Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon/evening in Ludlow, with a full tech week prior to opening night. We will break for the holidays between Christmas and New Year. Please indicate all known rehearsal conflicts on the audition form. Note: all tech week and all performance dates are mandatory and actors with only partial availability during these times will not be considered for roles. Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals, but the character of CHRISTOPHER BOONE is onstage for the entire production and will need to have a high level of availability and commitment.

Performance Dates: 

February 11, 12, 18, 19, 2022 at 8pm and February 13, 20 at 2pm. 

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. “This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving…resonates with quality.” —Telegraph (London). “…just terrific…a profoundly moving play about adolescence, fractured families, mathematics, colours and lights…dazzling.” —Independent (London). “A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.” —Evening Standard (London).

Summary

Fifteen-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 the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

The Play is set in the present in Swindon, England and London.

All actors will be members of an ensemble who are onstage for much of the play and most play multiple characters – even inanimate objects! Casting will be without regard to ethnicity and actors of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to audition.Actors who are neurodiverse (“on the spectrum”) and their allies/family members are strongly encouraged to come out for this production. Also, newcomers are ALWAYS welcome at Exit 7. Ages are playing ages only, actors of all ages will be considered. The role of Christopher Boone must be played convincingly as a teen male. Characters are working-class, strongly binary males and females, but actors of any gender may be considered for roles.  

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.

Seeking the following roles:

CHRISTOPHER BOONE:

Playing teen male. 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 when he must 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 was previously referred to as Asperger's Syndrome and now classified as one of the high functioning autism spectrum disorders, though what is most important is that he is different. Actor must be agile due to considerable movement required. English accent. The role of Christopher is challenging and demanding – he is onstage for the entire production and the actor must be completely committed to the full rehearsal schedule with few conflicts. 

ED BOONE / OTHERS:

Playing late 30s- 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. 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. English accent appropriate to working middle class.

JUDY BOONE / OTHERS:

Playing late 30s-50s. 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, and it 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. English accent appropriate to working middle class.

SIOBHAN / OTHERS:

Playing late 20s-50s. 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. English or Irish or Welsh or Scottish accent. 

MRS. SHEARS/MRS. GASCOYNE/OTHERS:

Playing late 30s-50s. 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. English accents appropriate to class. 

ROGER SHEARS/DUTY SERGEANT/OTHERS:

Playing late 30s-50s. 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 was 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’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded. English accents appropriate to class. 

MRS. ALEXANDER/OTHERS:

Playing 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. English accents appropriate to class. 

REVEREND PETERS/STATION POLICEMAN/OTHERS:

Playing 40s-50s. 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. 

POLICEMAN/MR. THOMPSON/MAN WITH SOCKS/OTHERS:

Playing 20s – Early 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. English accents appropriate to class. 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. English accents appropriate to class.