Arts

‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’ Explores One Teen’s Unique Mystery-Solving Journey

Brandon Michael Mayes plays the lead actor Christopher.
Brandon Michael Mayes plays the lead actor Christopher.
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The Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is about a teenager who’s better with numbers than making friends.

After his neighbor’s dog is found dead, he takes it upon himself to investigate. The play is onstage now at Horizon Theatre.

Lois Reitzes spoke with co-director Lisa Adler and lead actor Brandon Michael Mayes, who portrays Christopher, about the play.

The play (which was written by Simon Stephens) was adapted from Mark Haddon’s book of the same title. When creating the character of Christopher, Haddon specifically never says that the character has autism or Asperger, but the behaviors of the character reflects someone on the spectrum.

“What’s really interesting about the book is that the book is written in Christopher’s point-of-view, so the chapters are all in prime numbers because he loves math and in the production  you get to see what’s inside of his mind,” Mayes said.

When preparing for the role, Mayes also got the chance to go to the Tapestry School and meet with children who are on the spectrum.

“The play is part murder-mystery, part hero’s journey, part coming-of-age story. It starts with the murder mystery, which is to figure out who killed Wellington (the dog),” Adler said.

But don’t worry, no dogs were harmed in the making of this play.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is onstage at Horizon Theatre through Oct. 27.