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Speakeasy Stage presents THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

From October 20 to November 25, 2017, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the Boston Regional Theatre premiere of the 2015 Tony Award-winning play THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.

Based on 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, and adapted by Simon Stephens, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME follows the story of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old math savant who talks in loud declamatory sentences, doesn't do chat, and can't stand to be touched. When he discovers one night that his neighbor's dog has been murdered, Christopher sets out to solve the crime, embarking on an exciting journey that will change his world forever.

SpeakEasy Stage Company Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault will direct the company's production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Mr. Daigneault's recent SpeakEasy directing credits include the acclaimed productions of The Scottsboro Boys, Significant Other, Violet, Mothers & Sons, Big Fish, The Color Purple, In the Heights, and Next to Normal. Mr. Daigneault is the recipient of three Elliot Norton Awards, including the 2014 Norton Award for Sustained Excellence.

Eliott Purcell, a 2017 Elliot Norton Award nominee for his work as Jason/Tyrone in SpeakEasy's production of Hand to God, will play Christopher Boone. Laura Latreille and Craig Mathers will play Christopher's parents, Judy and Ed Boone; and Jackie Davis will play Christopher's beloved teacher Siobhan. Rounding out the cast are Tim Hackney, Cheryl McMahon, Christine Power, Alejandro Simoes, Damon Singletary, and Gigi Watson, each of whom will take on multiple roles.

This artistic and design team includes Christopher and Justin Swader (set), Gail Astrid Buckley (costumes), Jeff Adelberg (lighting), David Remedios (sound); and Joe Stallone (props). Yo-El Cassell, the current Head of Movement for Boston University's School of Theatre, will handle choreography.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME will run for six weeks, from October 20 through November 25, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston's South End.

There will be a sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, November 19 at 3PM.

Ticket prices start at $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and persons age 25 and under.

For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call the box office at 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com .

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London on August 2, 2012, later transferring to the West End on March 12, 2013. The play won seven 2013 Olivier Awards including Best New Play, a record only recently surpassed by the nine wins for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2017. During a performance on December 19, 2013, a portion of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapsed, forcing the production to close temporarily. The play finally reopened on July 9, 2014 at the Gielgud Theatre, where it ran until June 3, 2017.

The Broadway production debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on October 5, 2014, where it ran through September 2016. This production took home five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play.

Author Information

Mark Haddon (Book) is an English novelist best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won more than 17 literary awards and has been translated into 44 languages. The novel won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize in adult categories, as well as the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His second novel, A Spot of Bother, published in 2006, was also an international bestseller. His first work for the theater, Polar Bears, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse in 2010. Mr. Haddon has written 15 books for children, published a first collection of poetry in 2006, and is an illustrator and award-winning screenwriter. His latest novel, The Red House, was published in 2012.

Simon Stephens (Playwright) is an artistic associate at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, and the associate playwright of Steep Theatre Company in Chicago, where two of his plays, Harper Regan and Motortown, had their U.S. premieres. His other plays include Port (Pearson Award), One Minute (Tron Theatre Award), On the Shore of the Wide World (Olivier Award), Pornography (Scotland Critics' Award), and Punk Rock (nominated for the TMA Award and the Evening Standard Award). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the 2013 Olivier Award and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. More recently, his play Heisenberg premiered Off-Broadway, and his adaptation of Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera premiered at the National Theatre in London. Most recently, his play On the Shore of the Wide World concluded its New York premiere engagement at the Atlantic Theater Company.

Paul Daigneault (Director/Producing Artistic Director) is the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence presented by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include The Scottsboro Boys, Significant Other; Dogfight; Violet (2016); Mothers & Sons; Big Fish; The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer - The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don't!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director, Midsize Company);Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet (2000); Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Love! Valour! Compassion!; and Jeffrey. Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory); Evita, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he teaches Musical Theater and Directing. He was honored in 2007 with the Boston College Arts Council's Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement, and served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S. J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Outside the theatre, Paul serves on the Board of the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.



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