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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens Feb. 15 at Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebck

Date February 13, 2019

Christopher Boone, who likely has autism, is on a quest to find the killer of his neighbor’s dog, challenging his relationship with his parents and a teacher.

Will he crack the case? Find out in Rhinebeck Theatre Society’s “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” running at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck from Friday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, March 3, with an autism-friendly performance on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m.

“Curious Incident presents the world as seen through the eyes of, and heard through, the ears of a young man whose likes and dislikes, dreams and fantasies, and strengths and weaknesses make him a unique individual who is forced to confront the mysteries and challenges of the world around him,” Director Andy Weintraub said in a release. “He may succeed. He may fail. He may try. He may abstain.

“In that regard, he faces what everyone launched into this world faces. Christopher Boone could be anyone.”

Written by Simon Stephens, “Curious Incident” took home the Tony Award for Best Play in 2015. It is based on a novel by Mark Haddon.

Staged in partnership with The Anderson Center for Autism, the autism-friendly performance features lower sound and light effects and dimmed, not dark, house lighting designed to support those on the autism spectrum and their families.

The lobby will be available for those who need to take a break during the show.

All audiences are welcome to the March 2 matinee.

The cast features Michael Wagner as Christopher; Alex Skovan as Ed, his father; Emily McCarthy as Siobhan, his teacher; and Dot Luongo as Judy, his mother. Additional members of the cast, including Patricia Seholm, David Foster, Aaron Michael Hall, Andy Crispell, Lisa Delia and Jody Satriani, play a total of 24 different roles. Music coordination is by Russ Austin. Marcus McGregor is movement director.

Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at centerforperformingarts.org/

The play may not be appropriate for young audiences. For more information, call (845) 876-3080.