Photo of cast courtesy of Vana Trudeau
By Nick Bruinooge
The theater has come to town, right here at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs). The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time will be performed in the Tilden Arts Center until April 20 and is free to all students who wish to attend. The production, directed by Melinda Gallant, is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and was adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens.
The play flows through the first-person perspective of Christopher Boone, a 15-year old boy who faces many obstacles in his life and has trouble interacting with others in a very small world. In the play, Boone is falsely accused of killing a dog and throughout the show he goes on to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery while attempting to maintain his innocence.
The lead role of Christopher Boone is played by the only 4Cs student actor in the entire production, Andrew Gates. Gates stated that “movement and stage presence” are among his greatest strengths that he hopes will show through on stage.
“In the script, the way that it’s written is very movement heavy,” said Gates.
Gates had read Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time at school when he was in the eighth grade and now, years later, he has been given the opportunity to portray his own incarnation of the protagonist on stage.
Gates expressed sharing a lot of common ground with Christopher Boone and finds him a very relatable character.
The Tilden Arts Center and College Events Coordinator Vana Trudeau said that she found the play relatable due to the trials and tribulations that the young protagonist faces throughout the story.
“I think we can all relate to the journey, the odyssey, the quest,” Trudeau said.
Showings of The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time are on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 PM and on Saturdays at 2 PM.
According to Trudeau, those who come to see the show will find this experience, “immersive, inspiring and inventive.”