Surprises await audiences for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
The community is invited to take part in an intimate discussion and inside look into the making of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with the cast, crew, and special panel for Quincy Community Theatre’s upcoming Discovery Night on August 26 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to RSVP.
“Every aspect of this groundbreaking play will challenge not only our actors and designers, but also our audiences—starting with our free Discovery Night. This highly-anticipated event features a fresh format with a guest panel, scene reading, and Q&A session,” shared Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen.
Fast-paced, technical, and compelling, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a visual spectacle packed with powerful performances. Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, Curious Incident tells the story of Christopher Boone, a brilliant teen on the autism spectrum. Christopher has an incredible story to tell—and it starts with the murder of his neighbor’s dog, Wellington. Determined to catch the killer, he does detective work around the neighborhood. Throughout this critically-acclaimed play, Christopher uncovers truths about love, betrayal, and forgiveness. A moving coming-of-age tale set in modern-day England, Curious Incident will be unlike any production QCT has brought to the stage before.
Bringing the story to life onstage are ten Illinois performers from Macomb, Payson, Pittsfield, and Quincy. including Ziven Crist as Christopher. Playing a multitude of characters are Kristie Bradshaw, Dan Conboy, Jeri Conboy, Adrienne Fisk, Jasper Grossman, Ruth Kummerow, Luke Lawson, Doris Malacarne, and Randy Wolfmeyer.
“Curious Incident is one of the most fascinating and riveting new plays. Told from the perspective of someone who is often misunderstood, the story gives insight into one individual’s mind and can serve as a reminder that we all see and experience the world differently,” said Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen. “With plot twists and inventive stage magic, our volunteers and our audiences are in for a thrilling theatrical experience.”
Tickets are $20-22, on sale August 19. Performances are September 13-15 & 19-22, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. An added relaxed performance is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on September 14.
A relaxed performance is slightly modified for individuals who are on the autism spectrum or who might benefit from a more relaxed environment, with the house lights remaining on and sound effects and music kept at a lower level. For this performance, seating is General Admission and allows patrons the freedom to sit where they choose and to stand up and move about if they so choose. All other performances are Reserved Seating.
“When scheduling the season, it was very important for us to offer a relaxed performance for this particular production. Of course, people on the autism spectrum are welcome to attend any of our performances, but the September 14 matinee will feature some modifications to the experience to allow for a more casual environment. At QCT, we adamantly believe theatre is for everyone and we are proud to share this show in an inclusive, new way,” said Thomsen.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is under the direction of Brandon Thomsen, with scenic design by Lorne Kelley, lighting design by guest artist Josh Hemmo, and costume design by guest artist Tania Ballve.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is sponsored by Quincy Medical Group. QCT’s 2019 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
About Quincy Community Theatre
Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) is a major theatrical resource for the Tri-State area, offering five major productions, three student productions, various touring performances, and a variety of workshops and classes each year. Showcasing local performers from the entire Tri-State Region since 1923, QCT uses the combined talents and resources of the community to celebrate, promote, and perform the dramatic arts in its first-rate facility. Quincy Community Theatre is a member of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, the Illinois Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatre, and Arts Alliance Illinois. QCT is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit. QCT programming is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The 2019 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver. QCT’s 2019 Media Sponsors are Arts Quincy, Herald-Whig, KHQA, Spectrum Reach, STARadio, and WGEM. For information about upcoming shows and classes or to purchase tickets, please visit 1qct.org or call the Box Office at 217.222.3209.