Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) announces the full casting for its first show of the 2018/19 season, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This Tony Award-winning play is adapted by Simon Stephens, based on the book by Mark Haddon and directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Jonathan Berry. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the first of two plays in conversation for the 2018/19 SYA Season which asks, "When you feel lost, how do you find your way?"

Single tickets to public performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($20-30) will be available beginning Friday, June 29 at 11am through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), at 312-335-1650 or at A pre-sale special for members will begin June 27 at 11am. Student tickets are available for $15 with valid student ID.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time adapted by Simon Stephens
October 5 - October 27, 2018
In the Downstairs Theatre

Based on the critically acclaimed book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time focuses on Christopher, a young boy with an extraordinary brain and an exceptional talent for mathematics. When the neighbor's dog Wellington is found dead, Christopher launches an investigation into the mystery surrounding the dog's murder. As he searches for the truth on his first ever excursion by himself, he uncovers surprises about himself and his family, exploring the hidden secrets and challenges in everyday life.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time features ensemble member Caroline Neff as Siobhan. Also featured are Terry Bell (Christopher), Chiké Johnson (Ed), Scott Allen Luke (Roger /Policeman/Ensemble), Rebecca Spence (Judy/Ensemble), Meg Thalkin (Mrs. Alexander/Ensemble), Christopher M. Walsh (Uncle Terry/Station Policeman/Ensemble) and Eunice Woods (Mrs. Shears/Ensemble).

Public performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 6 at 3pm and 7:30pm; Sunday, October 7 at 3pm; Friday, October 12 at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 13 at 3pm and 7:30pm; Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 20 at 3pm and 7:30pm; Friday, October 26 at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 27 at 3pm and 7:30pm. *The October 27 3pm performance will be a Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performance.

Student performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time take place at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 3; Thursday, October 4; Friday, October 5; Tuesday, October 9; Wednesday, October 10; Thursday, October 11; Friday, October 12; Tuesday, October 16; Wednesday, October 17; Thursday, October 18; Friday, October 19; Tuesday, October 23; Wednesday, October 24; Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26. Student matinees are open to school groups only. If you are an educator interested in booking student tickets, visit

Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly Performances
Steppenwolf is proud to present a Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performance for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Saturday, October 27 at 3pm.Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performances feature a more relaxed environment and minor adjustments to sensory effects such as lighting and sound cues. This performance is open to all but designed to create a safe and welcoming experience for guests who may include, but are not limited to, individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with sensory processing and/or integration sensitivities. For more information, please email

Jonathan Berry (Director) is an Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf and a director and teacher in Chicago. Steppenwolf productions include You Got Older, Constellations, The Crucible, Gary and A Separate Peace. Berry is a Steep Theatre ensemble member where productions include Birdland, Earthquakes in London, Posh, If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet, The Knowledge, Festen, Moment and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He's also an ensemble member at Griffin Theatre where productions include Winterset, Pocatello, Balm in Gilead, Golden Boy, Spring Awakening, Punk Rock, Port and On the Shore of the Wide World. He has served as the Assistant Director for Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway productions of Of Mice and Men and This Is Our Youth. Other theatre credits include Dirty, Suicide, Incorporated, Othello (Gift Theatre); The Solid Sand Below, The World of Extreme Happiness for New Stages (Goodman Theatre); Kill Floor (American Theater Company); Little Shop of Horrors, Sideman (American Blues Theater); I am Going to Change the World (Chicago Dramatists); and The Casuals (Jackalope Theatre Company). He pursued his MFA in directing from Northwestern University. He has taught at University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Columbia College and The School at Steppenwolf.

Simon Stephens (Playwright) is an English playwright whose plays have been widely produced in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. Stephens is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and has been an Associate Playwright of Steep Theatre since 2013, where the successful Jonathan Berry helmed production played this spring. In addition to his Olivier and Tony Award for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Stephens has received the 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play for Port; the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World; Theater Heute's Award for Motortown in 2007, Pornography in 2008 and Wastwater in 2011; and the 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production for Punk Rock. His play Heisenberg premiered in New York in 2015, opened on Broadway in 2016, and is currently enjoying productions all over the globe. Stephens visited Steep in 2012 and 2016, during which he performed public readings of his work Sea Wall and Song from Faraway, and Steep presented the first ever public reading of his playBlindsided, a new work commissioned by the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.

Stephens' other works include Birdland, Bluebird, Herons, One Minute, Country Music, Harper Regan, I am the Wind, Three Kingdoms, Morning, a new version of Ibsen's A Doll's House, Carmen Disruption, The Funfair, a new version of Ödön von Horváth's Kasimir and Karoline, his version of Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera, Nuclear War, Fatherland, his English language version of Obsession, and his new adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull.

Mark Haddon (Author of the international bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) won the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for that work. In addition to The Talking Horse, The Sad Girl, and The Village Under the Sea, a collection of poetry, Haddon has also written and illustrated numerous award-winning children's books and television screenplays. His short story, The Pier Falls, is currently longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the richest prize in the world for a single short story. He teaches writing for the Arvon foundation and at Oxford University. He lives in Oxford with his wife and son.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time production team includes Brandon Wardell (scenic and lighting design), Stephanie Cluggish (costume design), Pornchanok Kanchanabanca (sound design and original music), Joseph Burke (projection design) and Dan Plehal (Movement Choreographer). Additional credits include Michelle Medvin(stage manager), JC Clementz (casting director) and Hallie Gordon (artistic producer).

Major foundation support for Steppenwolf Education is provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation and Alphawood Foundation. Steppenwolf Education is also supported in part by contributions from The Crown Family, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Sage Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Northern Trust Company, Field Foundation of Illinois, Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Helen Brach Foundation, ITW Foundation, Siragusa Foundation, Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc. and Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation; as well as the Steppenwolf Associates, a community of dynamic young professionals.

Steppenwolf Education is a citywide partner of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) School Partner Program.


Committed to making the Steppenwolf experience accessible to everyone, performances featuring American Sign Language Interpretation, Open Captioning and Audio Description are offered during the run of each play. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance, and the Downstairs and 1700 Theatres are each equipped with an induction hearing loop. All theaters feature wheelchair accessible seating and restrooms, and Front Bar features a push-button entrance, all-gender restrooms and accessible counter and table spaces.

Steppenwolf Education's unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families. Every season Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) creates two full-scale professional productions specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and metropolitan area schools and other community partners, Steppenwolf Education annually ensures access to the theater for more than 15,000 participants from Chicago's diverse communities. The initiative also includes post-show discussions with artists; classroom residencies led by Steppenwolf-trained teaching artists in almost 100 classrooms in public high schools; professional development workshops for educators; and the Young Adult Council, an innovative year-round after-school initiative that uniquely engages high school students in all areas of the theater's operations, as well as other teen and community based programs.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation's premier ensemble theater. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble represents a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County-and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards-have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multi-genre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago's diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs for arts administration training. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Executive Director. Eric Lefkofsky is Chair of Steppenwolf's Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit,, and

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