On September 19, actor Mickey Rowe debuts as Christopher in the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Indiana Repertory Theatre. With an official opening set for September 22, Rowe’s bow also marks the first time an actor with autism plays the character, who is also affected by the developmental disorder.
When the play by Simon Stephens bowed on Broadway in 2014, Alex Sharp took on the demanding lead role of Christopher—and went on to win a Tony. After his departure in September 2015, Tyler Lea took over the role. (Actors Taylor Trensch and Benjamin Wheelwright played the role at certain performances.)
This regional incarnation of the play is a co-production between Indiana Rep, where it will play through October 15, and Syracuse Stage, with a run scheduled for October 25–November 12. The production is directed by Risa Brainin.
In addition to Rowe, the cast includes David Alan Anderson, Margaret Daly, Mehry Eslaminia, Elizabeth Ledo, Constance Macy, Robert Neal, Eric Parks, Gail Rastorfer, and Landon C. Woodson. The production features scenic design by Russell Metheny, costume design by Devon Painter, lighting design by Michael Klaers, sound design by Todd Mack Reischman, projection design by Katherine Freer, musc by Michelle Dibucci, and movement by Mariel Greenlee.
Indiana Repertory Theatre is also offering a Sensory-Friendly Performance September 30 at 1 PM and, separately, a special backstage tour September 30 at 5 PM. (Curious Incident presented an Autism-Friendly performance on Broadway through TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative.)
Upon the news of his casting earlier this year, Rowe penned a letter for Playbill about what it means to him to be the first actor with autism to play the role. Read it here.