Broadway Smash Hit Coming to the Playhouse THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME starts Oct. 14


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings another Broadway hit to Cincinnati this fall with THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. A winner of five Tony Awards, the production puts you inside the brilliant mind of a boy who sees the world as most of us can only imagine.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mark Haddon. The story introduces us to Christopher Boone, a brilliant and sweet 15-year-old who excels in mathematics and problem-solving. This heroic story is told through his perspective, which is especially unique, as he has certain sensitivities to social interactions and relationships.

“This hopeful and compelling drama is about relationships, difference and the importance of understanding,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “It’s also a thrilling play solving a mystery within a mystery. When Christopher takes on his own investigation of a neighborhood crime, he discovers secrets in his own life that he never could have imagined.”

This production will be directed by Tony Award-nominated, Broadway director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who most recently directed The Secret Garden at the Playhouse in 2015.

“In our production, the cast and creative team will utilize the techniques of cunning stagecraft and heightened behavior to bring the story to vivid life,” Dodge says in her notes on the production. “No high-tech approach for this production, but rather an approach that will allow these seemingly ordinary characters to make their relationships with Christopher meaningful and fulfilling, however complicated and messy. Everyone who connects with Christopher will begin to see the world in unexpected and enlightening ways.”

The stage adaptation made its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2012, its West End debut in 2013 and its Broadway debut in 2014. An overwhelming success, the show won five Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards including Best Play.

“THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a breathtaking theatrical experience that will fill you with hope,” Robison added.

The production opens with previews on Oct. 14 (official opening Oct. 19) and runs through Nov. 11, 2017

Prices for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME start at $35 depending on seat location and performance day. Tickets for teens and students are $30. Prices subject to change. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at

Production sponsors are Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth and Moe and Jack Rouse. Artist Sponsors are Barbara and Bill Weyand. The Robert S. Marx Theatre Season is presented by Schueler Group. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Foundation and Marx Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Macy’s.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Page-to-Stage Book Club
Oct. 16 & Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Joseph Beth Booksellers Rookwood

This season, the Playhouse is thrilled to continue our partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers with a book club for audience members interested in better understanding the process of adapting a book from the page to the stage.

  • Oct. 16: Explore Haddon’s novel about a brilliant teenager with social sensitivities who finds himself in the center of a murder-mystery plot surrounding his neighbor’s dog.
  • Nov. 13: After you’ve had a chance to see the Playhouse’s interpretation of the Tony Award-winning play, come discuss the artistic choices of the actors and production team with a member of the artistic staff.

All Playhouse book club events take place at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers’ Rookwood location. Books can be purchased or ordered through Joseph-Beth. Discussion events are free but registration is required in advance through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Playhouse Perspectives: Discussion on Autism
Oct. 30, 7 p.m.  at the Playhouse

Much of the discussion in popular culture that surrounds The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NIGHT-TIME includes the social sensitivities and challenges that the protagonist faces. Many readers have interpreted that Christopher displays symptoms which are present on the autism spectrum. Though author Mark Haddon has consistently explained that the story is about differences and understanding and not about Christopher’s dispositions, audiences have nevertheless engaged in critical discussions about the story’s representation of autism.

To gain a deeper understanding of this important conversation, the Playhouse is hosting a discussion with parents, experts and friends to discuss autism in the Greater Cincinnati area on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.


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