MSU, Mankato Theatre presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    February 14th, 2020

    Submitted Photo - Christopher (Ryan Christopherson), with his pet rat, Toby, explains to his mother, Judy (Lindsey Oetken), how he got to London all by himself. - The Curios Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    Submitted Photo – Christopher (Ryan Christopherson), with his pet rat, Toby, explains to his mother, Judy (Lindsey Oetken), how he got to London all by himself. – The Curios Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    MANKATO – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance will open The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on February 20 in the Ted Paul Theatre. Based on the award-winning book by British writer Mark Haddon, this play won the Best Play Olivier Award in 2013 in London, and won the Best Play Tony on Broadway in 2015.

    The lights come up as Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears’s dog Wellington, who has been killed with a garden fork, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at math, but he is 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. But Christopher’s detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.

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    This production is the final show that Paul J. Hustoles will be directing during the academic year. (Tickets on sale soon for Paul’s final finale at Highland Summer Theatre!)

    The Theatre and Dance Department will also be presenting a special sensory-friendly performance of this production for people and organizations that might connect with Christopher’s daily struggles and triumphs. More information about this performance is available upon request.

    Chris Kind, who is an alum of the Theatre and Dance Department, designed the animations for the production which will be projected on the set throughout the performance.

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 29 and Mar. 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ted Paul Theatre Theatre at the Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

    Tickets are $16 regular, $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for MSU students.

    The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at MSUTheatre.com. Call the Box Office at 507-389-6661. This production contains mature language and occasional violence, and therefore is not suitable for all children.