Good Theater is celebrating its 17th season with the company's biggest season ever. The professional company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland, begins with the Tony Award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time makes its Portland premiere on October 3, running four weeks through October 28.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is directed by the company's Artistic Director, Brian P. Allen. The show stars Griffin Carpenter of Cape Elizabeth, and a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, as Christopher Boone the adventurous 15-year-old who sets out to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington, the dog. This role won its USA creator, Alex Sharp, a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Others in the Good Theater cast include: Rob Cameron as Ed, Christopher's father; Janice Gardner as Judy, Christopher's mother; and Meredith Brustlin as Siobhan, Christopher's teacher. Christopher Holt, Allison McCall, Jared Mongeau, and Amy Roche take on all of the other characters in the play.

Joining Allen for the production is choreographer Betsy Melarkey Dunphy who creates movement for the show, and Sally Wood as the fight choreographer. The set is designed by Steve Underwood, Good Theater's co-founder and production manager, with costume design by Justin Cote, and lighting design by Iain Odlin. Michael Lynch is the production stage manager, and Craig Robinson is the technical director.

Performances are Wednesdays at 7:00 ($25), Thursdays at 7:00 ($25), Fridays at 7:30 ($25), Saturdays at 3:00 ($32) and 7:30 ($32) and Sundays at 2:00 ($32). For reservations and more information call 207-835-0895 or go to the company's website

The Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won five Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and five Outer Critics' Circle Awards including Best Play from all three organizations. In addition, the show won seven Laurence Olivier Awards for the original London production. The show has been a hit all over the world with major productions in Australia, Mexico, Seoul and Madrid, to name a few.

Allen has been trying to acquire the rights to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for several years. "I saw the Broadway production and immediately wanted to do the show at Good Theater. I knew we wouldn't be able to recreate the amazing technical production from Broadway, but I was focused on the story, knowing Good Theater patrons would love this play, and the journey audiences go on with young Christopher Boone."

In addition to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Good Theater will offer four other main stage productions: Homer Bound by Karmo Sanders, a world premiere November 7-December 2; An Act of God by David Javerbaum, a Maine premiere January 16-February 10; A Doll's House Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, a Maine premiere February 20-March 17, and Lucky Stiff by Lynn Aherns and Stephen Flaherty, a musical March 27-April 28. Also the company has three special events this season: Blueberries, Broadway and Brian 2.0; Love, Loss and What I Wore; and The Irish Curse by Martin Casella, a Maine premiere. Plus Broadway at Good Theater, the company's annual fundraising concerts will be a tribute to Broadway of the 1980s.

Season tickets are available and single tickets are available for all productions.

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