Daniel Doheny

The Arts Club’s 2018–2019 season, the first to be programmed by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran, opens next month with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a critically-acclaimed play based on the best-selling novel. The Curious Incident has garnered four major awards, including the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

The story follows Christopher Boone (Daniel Doheny, of Netflix’s Alex Strangelove), a 15-year-old boy with a unique perspective. He is incredibly talented at math, but never ventures beyond his street and strongly distrusts strangers.

When his neighbour’s dog is killed, Christopher challenges his own barriers to uncover the truth about the dog, his family and himself.

Audience members will have the opportunity to peek inside his mind as this incomparable show tests the boundaries of imagination and physical space.

Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran makes her directorial debut with this Arts Club season opener, stating “The script calls for a fresh blend of theatricality—from intricate feats of technical design to low-tech corporeal storytelling by the actors. This combination creates theatrical magic, and is a form of theatre that I believe our audiences will delight in.”

Lighting designer Itai Erdal adds, “This play is a lighting designer’s dream. Because the set is so abstract and the play moves forward so fluidly, the design team must work together to create each location in the story with lighting, projections, and sound.”

Designed to welcome patrons of all ages and sensitivities, a unique relaxed performance (September 30, 7 pm) will contain modifications to the conventions of traditional theater in order to maximize the comfort of attendees.

Sound and lighting cues will be more subdued and the audience welcome to move around and make noise. Tickets for this relaxed performance are offered at a reduced rate.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Dates: September 6 to October 7; Tuesday to Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday, Saturday, 8 pm; Wednesday, 1:30 pm; Saturday, Sunday, 2 pm
Venue: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $29; available online or via 604.687.1644

Photo by David Cooper.

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