Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Audition
Directed by Daniel Martin
THE STORY: 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 the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
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).
Christopher - should appear 15. (Can cast anywhere from 15-25, depending on look). He has autism, and it affects his ability to interact with people. He is excellent with numbers. He should have an innocent sweetness about him. Lead.
Siobhan - Christopher's teacher. She also serves as a narrator by reading aloud from Christopher's journal to the audience. (25-50). Supporting.
Ed - Christopher's father. Rough around the edges. A good man who is struggling with raising an autistic child and secrets from his past. (Mid 30's to 40s). Supporting.
Judy - Christopher's mother. Pretty, but also a little rough around the edges. She's lived a hard life and made lots of difficult choices - but might also be perceived as selfish in some of them. (Mid 30s to 40s.) Supporting.
The rest of the Characters in the play are played by an ensemble of Six Actors:
Actor 1 - Female, (40s - 50s) Plays Mrs. Shears (Christopher's neighbor, owner of Wellington, the dog.)
Actor 2 : Male (40s - 50s) Plays Mr. Shears
Actor 3: Male (late 20's to late 30s) Plays several roles including a Policeman.
Actor 4: Male (30's - 40s) Plays Reverend Peters
Actor 5: Female (20s-30s) Plays several roles including a Punk Girl
Actor 6: Female (50s - 60s) Plays Mrs. Alexander (Christopher's friend)
All of the above roles play multiple parts throughout the play. All roles are onstage for the duration of the play, except for brief moments specified in the script.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes place in London, so all actors should be able to use a variety of British dialects and maintain them throughout the performance.
If you are not familiar with the source material, I highly recommend you read the novel - if possible - before auditioning. Particularly those interested in the role of Christopher - to give you an idea of the demands of the character.
Auditions will be cold reads from the script. Headshots and resumes Welcome but not required.