By Lang Gibson ’22
The Woodberry Forest Drama Department is preparing for the upcoming opening of their latest production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a stage adaptation of the book of the same name by Mark Haddon. The book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about an autistic fifteen-year-old named Christopher who finds his neighbor’s poodle dead on their front lawn, and how he investigates the murder while balancing preparation for an A-level math exam which he must pass to attend university. Along the way, he uncovers numerous revelations about his mother and father. Christopher finds himself in trouble with the law multiple times throughout his journey to solve the murder.
Nick Soares ‘21 plays Christopher’s secretive and protective father, Ed. He described the play as a drama with comedic elements, but also a social commentary dealing with issues surrounding the mentally ill and the treatment they receive from police.
Soares said, “Identifying with my role helps me express love on stage in a way that isn’t romantic, in the way a father loves his son. I think it’s important for students to see the play because it increases awareness of the mentally ill and how to help integrate them into society,” But, of course, it’s also important for students to see the play “because they have to!” he added
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be shown on October 31, November 1, and November 2 at 8:00 PM in the Bowman Gray Auditorium. Admission is open to all at no cost.