Meetinghouse Theatre Lab to stage acclaimed play

WINTER HARBOR — For a couple of years, Schoodic Arts for All’s Meetinghouse Theatre Lab has sought the rights to stage the adaption of Mark Haddon’s 2003 bestselling novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” That quest was fulfilled last month.

Now the troupe is poised to cast Simon Stevens’ stage adaption of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Set in Swindon, England, the play is about a 15-year-old boy with behavioral problems who discovers someone has murdered his neighbor’s poodle with a fork on the lawn.

Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, the protagonist Christopher describes himself as having “behavioral problems.” Haddon says his intent was not to represent someone with Asperger’s.

“The assumption being that there is indeed a correct representation of someone with the condition,” Haddon noted in a statement on Penquin Books Ltd.’s website. “I think it is indicative of the way we think about people we label ‘disabled’ that we can even ask this question.”

Meetinghouse Theatre Lab will hold auditions for the role of Christopher and other parts from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan. Other cast members include five women and four men. Also needed are a videographer, sound operator, lighting designer, props folks, stage manager and movement coach.

For more info, contact Cynthia Thayer at 963-7111 or [email protected]

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