The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (March 15-April 13, 2019) broke all our attendance records! Adriane Galea won the Broadway World Award for her direction, and Joshua Whitson was nominated for both Broadway World and Wilde Awards for his performance as Christopher. The feedback we received from the audience for this show astounding… from families and teachers dealing daily with people on the autism spectrum, from folks who had seen the Broadway tour and preferred our production. It was a wonderful experience, to create such a powerful piece of theatre.
Some memories from the team:
Josh Whitson, brilliant and off book at the read-through and every night thereafter. Harley Miah, who creates gorgeous and narratively impactful designs on modest budgets as if it ain’t no thing. And maybe he’s right. For Harley, doing the impossible is just Tuesday. – Linda Rabin Hammell
I know it’s a little cliche, but Curious Incident was absolutely the most challenging and most rewarding play I’ve ever directed. It was a mammoth undertaking, and we did it in less than a month from start to finish. I will be forever in awe of how Josh brought Christopher to life and how the cast created multiple characters while simultaneously learning the ridiculously hard movement I threw at them (practically every step that was taken was choreographed!). Fun fact: did you know all of the songs used in the show were derived from math? – Adriane Galea, director
This was one of my favorite shows to have worked on, and there are so many wonderful memories from the experience. I was in awe of the cast throughout the process and loved getting to be onstage and watch them every show! Harley’s lighting was incredible. And the choreography by Adriane. And so was Danielle with those cues! And of course hearing the impact of the story from audience members at the talkbacks was so special. – Jaclynn Cherry, Siobhan
This was my first show at Open Book, after the fundraiser cabaret the year before. I loved being part of the incredible cast, crew and team. I was welcomed with open arms at Open Book. I expect audience members feel the same way: welcomed into the magical world of a play with warmth and grace. This particular play was so powerful. There was no separation between Christopher the character, and the brilliant Josh Whitson. Josh and Robert (as the father) made it easy to enter into the world of their family. I played Christopher’s mother, and I still feel a true maternal love for him. This may be the most I’ve ever felt simply and profoundly myself onstage, thanks to the brilliant and inspired direction of @Adriane Galea. All aspects worked together to make magic onstage, and I am so blessed and grateful to have been a part of it. – Carrie Jay Sayer, Jean Boone
This was the most difficult show I’d done in years. It’s not normal for me to have to work 16+ hours a day to get a show ready, but this one had a few very long days to get it done. And I still could have used a week to put in everything I wanted for it. In the end, I was very happy with the choices we made, and that we were able to make this production totally unique. – Harley Miah, Lighting Designer
Fun Fact this show had the most cues in Open Book’s history. I’m pretty sure we passed 300? It was gorgeous. It is a show I could watch over and over and over again. Not just because I had too 😉 – Danielle Gilbert, Stage Manager
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens. Directed by Adriane Galea. Featuring Joshua Whitson as Christopher, Jaclynn Cherry as Siobhan, Robert Schorr as Ed Boone, Carrie Jay Sayer as Jean Boon, with Jean Pilon, Lindel Salow, Joshua Brown, Jonathan Davidson, Allison Megroet, and Linda Rabin Hammell. Lighting design by Harley Miah, Scenic Design by Shane O’Connor with Adriane Galea, Prop design by Reyna DeSilva. Stage Managed by Danielle Gilbert.