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May 27, 2023

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Nashville Rep Brings National Best-Seller to Life

Adapted from Mark Haddon's bestselling novel, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' runs March 24 - April 2.

Nashville Repertory Theatre launches their next production this week with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, running March 24 to April 2 at TPAC’s Johnson Theater. Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, the play explores themes of family, relationships and the human experience. The production marks the first show directed by Micah-Shane Brewer since being named artistic director.

“At the heart of the play is a story about understanding others and overcoming fears,” says Brewer. “The character of Christopher sees the world in a different and special way, unlike anyone else around him.  As a society, we’re often very quick to label things, people and situations.  We often spend our time feeling perplexed at why other people are behaving in a certain way.  The job of the play is to try to create a space for the audience to see the world through Christopher’s eyes.  Along the way, we learn truths about empathy, survival, love and kindness,” he adds.

About the play

The story follows Christopher’s quest to solve the mystery of a neighbor’s dog’s death while navigating complex relationships with his family and community. While the play doesn’t specify Christopher’s brain difference, he exhibits many of the characteristics of a person on the autism spectrum.

About the production

The production features scenic & projections designed by Cody Stockstill, costumes designed by Mellissa K. Durmon, lighting designed by Darren Levin, sound designed and composed by Gregg Perry, dialect coaching by Katie Cunningham, fight choreography by Eric D. Pasto-Crosby and stage managed by Wilhelm Peters.

“I first saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in a large theatre during its original Broadway run in 2015,” says Executive Director Drew Ogle. “I immediately thought it was great, but wouldn’t it be amazing in a more intimate space, where the audience can experience the journey right alongside Christopher? I’m thrilled that Nashville Rep’s production is going to do just that.  Even audiences familiar with the show will have a new, unique experience.”

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.