The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Auditions

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time

By Simon Stephens
Based on the book by Mark Haddon

Directed by Bo Frazier

PERFORMANCE DATES

September 28 at 7:30 pm
September 29 at 7:30 pm
September 30 at 2:00 pm

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

AUDITIONS

May 11 (Friday) 6 pm – 9 pm
May 12 (Saturday) 2 pm – 6 pm

CALLBACKS

May 13 (Sunday) 2 pm – 6 pm

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals begin August 5. Typical schedule runs 7pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday. You will only be called when needed but based on the ensemble style of this production that may be more often than you might imagine for your part.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue (memorized). British dialect (Cockney or RP) is preferable, but not required for audition. Come dressed to move.

Your audition will consist of a five-minute individual audition and a group movement audition. Your entire commitment will take no longer than one hour. For example, if your audition appointment is between noon and 12:30, you’ll be expected to stay [or return] for the 12:30 movement call, which will be done by 1:00.

Note: This is an ensemble-based, very physical show, where many cast members play multiple roles, and may occasionally lift Christopher to show his confusion and dislocation. We will be casting actors that work best in ensemble, and are open to casting actors regardless of gender, race, age or, where appropriate to the text, disability. Please contact the producer with any questions or specific needs to facilitate an optimal audition experience.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT

Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Christopher Boone (Male 15+).  Christopher Boone is an English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Deeply intelligent and sensitive. He must be physically very fit and agile. English accent.

Ed Boone/Others (Male 35-55).  Christopher’s father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. English accent appropriate to working middle class.

Judy Boone/Others (Female 35-55).  Christopher’s mother; estranged from her husband, is a secretary and is a working class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son. English accent appropriate to working middle class.

Siobhan/Others (Female, 25-49).  Christopher’s teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines.  Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’’s story and of his feelings; English or Irish or Welsh or Scottish accent.

Mrs. Shears/Others (Female, 35-59).  Mrs. Shears is Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor. She is rough around the edges and furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. English accent appropriate to class.

Mrs. Gascoyne/ Others (Female, 35-59) is the headmistress of the school for special needs children that Christopher attends; condescending and lacking in sensitivity, nuance and imagination. English accent appropriate to class.

Roger shears/Others (Male, 35-59) Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears’ ex-husband, a middle class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. English accent appropriate to class.

Duty Sergeant/Others (Male 35-59) Duty Sergeant is a local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded. English accent appropriate to class.

Mrs. Alexander/ Others (Female, 60-79)

Reverend Peters/ Station Policeman/Others (Male, 40-59

Policeman 1/Mr. Thompson/ Man with Socks/ Others (Male, 20-36)

No. 40/ Information/ Punk Girl/ Others (Female, 20-36)

ABOUT THE SHOW

Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. “This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving…resonates with quality.” —Telegraph (London).

MEET THE DIRECTOR – BO FRAZIER

Bo Frazier is a theatre maker interested in new work, physical theatre and re-imagining music/theatre.  Currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at the University of Iowa, he was previously based in NYC and London. NYC Credits: Konstantin (Conceiver/Director – Dixon Place); Lurker, Specter and Scarecrow (Rutgers University); and Associate Producer/Assistant Director for Heartbeat Opera. UK Credits: Off-West End Premiere of The Dinner Party (Greenwich Theatre); Haunting Julia (Manor Pavilion Repertory); original piece Grand Street Apartment; and Associate Director for the Original London Production of Bare – The Rock Musical. He co-founded the Off-West End “Offie” Award nominated London Theatre Workshop and created their new works lab.  As an actor, he has worked with The National Theatre, Birmingham UK Rep, Signature Theatre (NYC) and Off-West End.  His training includes:  MA – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, BA – Millikin University, SITI Company and Frantic Assembly.