The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A play by Simon Stephens
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
November 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.
November 20 at 2 p.m.
Martin Center for the Arts • Bert C. Bach Theatre
Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Please arrive early to get seated.
From Dramatists Play Service: 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
TIME AND PLACE: England, Present Day
There will be one 10-minute intermission after Act I.
Please silence your cell phones.
Directed by Cara Harker
Voice 1, Mrs. Shears, Woman on Train
- Emily Austin is a senior here at ETSU with a double major in Theatre and English as well as a minor in Film Studies. She also participates in the Honors College as a Fine and Performing Arts Scholar. Emily is extremely grateful to have received the Daryl and Harold “Bud” Frank Scholarship for supporting her passion for theatre. When she’s not performing or at school, she can be found doing something outdoors or snuggling with her three cats. Emily hopes that you all enjoy the show!
Mrs. Gascoyne, Lady in the Street
- Candice is an Air Force veteran who is classified as a sophomore here at ETSU. Her major is Interior Architecture with a Dance minor. She has a love for theatre and dance and is grateful to ETSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance for being welcoming and exciting. She has an attention to detail and a creative spirit, and she hopes to use both as long as possible. She looks forward to all of the productions to come, and the chance to work on them in different capacities.
Voice 5, Information, Punk Girl
- Molly Blackburn is a freshman majoring in Musical Theatre, and she is thrilled to be a part of her first college production! Previous credits include "Little Women" (Jo March); "You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown" (Sally Brown); "Annie" (Duffy); "The Music Man" (Amaryllis); and others. She would like to thank her family, friends, fellow cast, and crew members for all their love and support throughout this process and she hopes you enjoy the show!"
Voice 4, Uncle Terry, Station Policeman
- Seth Buckles (He/They) is a theatre major with a concentration in acting and a minor in history. He did an internship at Barter Theatre over the summer and is very excited to get back on stage! Seth is a junior this year and hopes to move to a big city like New York post graduation. Seth is excited to show off the hard work of the cast and crew and hopes everyone has a wonderful night and enjoys the show!
- Tarrin Chambers is a junior majoring in Theatre with an acting concentration and a double minorin Women and Gender Studies and Dance. Tarrin’s past credits include Goodman in “Men onBoats”, Toria in “Blood at the Root”, and ensemble in “Love and Information.” The last of whichshe received an Irene Ryan Region IV nomination. She is a recipient of the FrankScholarship and has spent a considerable amount of time working in the scene and costumeshop at ETSU. Tarrin would like to thank the ETSU theatre faculty along with the PellissippiState Community College faculty for supporting her. Lastly she would like to thank her friendsand family who have gotten her to where she is today!
Voice 3, Policeman, Mr. Thompson, Drunk 2
- Stephen is thrilled to be in this production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time." He’s a Sophomore here at ETSU, majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. You may have previously seen Stephen in the cast of ETSU’s "Straight White Men" as Jake’s understudy or in the spring production of "Bright Star" as Jimmy Ray. He would like to say thank you to the Director, Stage Manager, and crew for putting together an awesome show. He hopes you enjoy it!
Voice 6, Mrs. Alexander
- Marcie Emery-Campbell (Mrs. Alexander) is a Musical Theatre major and a Dance minor at ETSU. Her love of theatre began in junior high school after being cast in Bugsy "Malone Jr", but her most fulfilling role in theatre was resident music consultant and choreographer for McDowell Children’s Theatre in Marion, North Carolina. She worked at MCT for 6 years on shows like "Sweeney Todd", "Mary Poppins", and "ELF." All the kids she worked with at MCT taught her invaluable lessons in patience, kindness, and resilience. She moved to Johnson City after getting married, and then she started school at ETSU. Marcie would like to note that she would not be able to live this dream without the unwavering support of her husband Daniel, and her children Mattie and Liam.
- Carrots, a theatre veteran at the age of 6, enjoys the stage immensely and is very excited to be a member of this cast! Carrots has starred in numerous roles, most notably as Toto in the Mooresville Children’s Theatre production of "Wizard of Oz", and, Davidson College’s production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" in which he played the role of Miss Angela Prysock’s Dog. In addition to theatre, Carrots is fond of tummy rubs, long naps, and anything flavored with bacon.
No. 40, Posh Woman, Shopkeeper
- Aliya is a freshman at ETSU. She is so excited to be a part of this play! Everyone is so kind, and she has made so many friends. She would like to say thank you to the cast, crew, Cara, and everyone else who made the show possible! She looks forward to future shows and making new memories with this amazing group of people. Thank you, also, to her wonderful parents for supporting her in everything she does.
- Kailey Kyle, a senior majoring in both Theatre (acting) and Psychology, is playing the role of Siobhan. Her previous performances at ETSU include Penny Sycamore in "You Can’t Take It With You", Tony in "Appropriate", and Mama Murphy in "Bright Star." Additionally, she worked at Barter Theatre with the Barter Players throughout the summer and performed in "My Imaginary Pirate" and "Sleeping Beauty." She is currently the president of the student theatre organization, Patchwork Players. Kailey is extremely thankful for the guidance of the faculty, her family, friends, and fellow cast members!
Roger (Mr. Shears), Duty Sargeant, Mr. Wise
- Charlie is very excited to be in ETSU’s production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Originally from Kingsport, Tennessee, Charlie is a Theatre major with a focus in Design and Production. He has lots of experience in the theater including roles in local community productions, such as James Keller in "The Miracle Worker" and Danny Zuko in "Grease." Besides performing, Charlie has many interests including writing his own musicals, being a father to two ferrets and a cat (Fettuccine, Linguine, and Purrl), and taking long walks on the beach.
- Riley Patin is a first-year Bert C. Bach Fine & Performing Arts Honors student, majoring in Media and Communications with an emphasis on Radio, TV, and Film. He played Pugsley in "The Addams Family" and Mordcha in "Fiddler on the Roof" previously, but his experience also extends to short films. Patin has worked as an actor for film departments from Belmont University to MTSU and WKU respectively. Riley is passionate about photography, music and screenwriting and looks forward to seeing what experiences each new opportunity brings him.
Voice 2, London Policeman, Drunk 1
- Quintin Rhodes is a sophomore majoring in Musical Theater and minoring in Political Science. He is making his debut in the Bach Theatre and is also heavily involved around campus. After many years offstage serving as a directing intern at the Knoxville Children's Theater, he is excited to return to acting. He would like to thank his family and his friends for their support but also his mentor Dennis Perkins for pushing him to pursue theater in college and never giving up on him.
Reverend Peters, Station Guard, Man with Socks, Man Behind Counter
- Luke Tompson is a senior and is excited to wrap up a great four years in Johnson City! Luke feels so thankful to have had great mentors such as director Cara Harker to lead him through one of his final productions with ETSU theatre and dance. Luke is thankful to his amazing family and close friends for all of their support. He hopes everyone takes home something to learn after this production.
- Caleb is a Junior here at East Tennessee State University majoring in Political Science and Theatre with a concentration in Acting. He previously starred in the productions of "Straight White Men" and "Bright Star" here at ETSU. He would like to thank Cara Harker and her fantastic work on this show, the department/crew for making this possible, and thank God for blessing him with opportunities like this. He would also like to thank his incredible family and wonderful friends for their support.
- Caroline (they/them) is a student in theatrical design and production at ETSU. They have worked front and back of house roles in many theaters, and currently teach, train, and perform with Night Owl Circus Arts. Recent credits: props and sound design for "Monsters of the American Cinema" and sound and lighting design for "Blood at the Root" with Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective. Caroline also designs lights and choreographs for Night Owl Circus. They currently hold design roles for upcoming shows in the ETSU theater department’s 22/23 season.
- Bobby Funk is a full professor at East Tennessee State University; he teaches a variety of performance classes. He received his MFA Degree in Acting and Directing from UNC-Greensboro. Bobby has worked professionally as an actor and director Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country, including Barter Theatre. He will be directing "Medea" in Spring 2023.
- Cara Harker is a professor and associate chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance and program coordinator for the dance minor program at ETSU. Cara graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with an MFA in Theatre Performance. Credits include (writer, choreographer, director, performer): From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, New Orleans’ InFringe Fest; bebe, Know Theatre, Cincinnati Fringe Festival; Memoir of a Mythomaniac: the True Story of a Compulsive Liar (or Tallulah Dies), Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
- Zach Olsen has served the ETSU Department of Theatre and Dance since 2016 as the Technical Director and as an Adjunct Professor. Together with Beth Skinner, he team teaches Introduction to Theatre Production, Advanced Theatre Production, and Theatre Lab. He received his MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in 2015 in Theatre Arts – Design and Technology with emphasis as a Technical Director.
Assistant Stage Manager
Costume Shop Manager
- Jessica Richardson is a recent graduate of ETSU. She earned her bachelor's degree in Theatre with minors in Merchandising and Art. Her focus is in Costuming but she loves all aspects of theatrical design. Jessica has worked on multiple productions at ETSU such as: Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville: a Sherlock Holmes Mystery"," Middletown", "You Can't Take it with You", "Bright Star", and most recently "Androcles and the Lion."
- Sarabeth is a junior transfer student and is absolutely thrilled to be stage managing her first production at ETSU! It has been a wonderful learning experience and would not have been possible without the support and guidance of faculty, family, and friends. When not fulfilling the role of stage manager, she can be found in the shop working with the construction crew as she did during the previous academic season’s productions of "Straight White Men" and "Bright Star. "
- Kylie Royce-Adams is the assistant director of East Tennessee State University’s production of "The Curious Incident and The Dog in The Night-Time." She currently majors in Theatre with both a concentration in acting and general theatre. Kylie also receives the Richey Andrea and the Daryl & Harold Frank scholarships here at ETSU and will graduate this coming spring. Some past performances include Sumner in "Men On Boats", Ladybug in "James in the Giant Peach", The Baker’s Wife in "Into the Woods", and Lefou in "Beauty and the Beast." When Kylie graduates, she dreams of becoming a teacher and plans to explore the world of theatre as a director.
- Melissa Shafer is a professor of theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University. She teaches courses in the Design/Production Concentration, serves as the department’s faculty lighting designer, and occasionally directs. You can find her directing "Little Shop of Horrors" in Spring 2023.
- Beth Skinner serves as the Costume Director for the ETSU Department of Theatre and Dance. Together with Zach Olsen, she team teaches Introduction to Theatre Production, Advanced Theatre Production, and Theatre Lab. She has most recently costume designed for "Bright Star" in Spring 2022.
- Sarah Slagle is a senior at ETSU. This is her last semester at ETSU. She is a Theatre major concentrating in costume design and a minor in art. This is her second costume design opportunity at ETSU. She wants to thank her family for their support and Beth Skinner and Jonathan Taylor for teaching her what she knows now about costume design and construction. Thank you for believing in her.
Assistant Technical Director
- Matt Stevens is a returning ETSU graduate who is thrilled by the chance to work alongside the professors and faculty that he had once been educated by. His focus is the technical side of theatre such as Lighting, Carpentry, and Sound Design. He has even been known to sew a costume when it is needed. He has helped work on many shows here at ETSU such as "Sense and Sensibility", "Waiting for Godot", "You Can't Take It with You", "Bright Star", most recently "Androcles and the Lion."
- Jonathon Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He teaches classes in the Design/Production concentration. He has most recently scenic designed for "Androcles and the Lion."
- Grayson is a sophomore here at ETSU, Majoring in Theatre with a Musical Theatre concentration and a Dance Minor. You might have previously seen her in last semester's production of “Bright Star” (Spirit #3/Dance Captain/Assistant Choreographer). She is so thankful for everyone in the Department of Theatre and Dance and beyond amazed by the cast. Enjoy the show!
Sound Board Operator
- Lindsay Flewell is a Junior Theatre Major with a concentration in Musical Theatre at ETSU. Her college credits include "Appropriate" and "King Lear." She has also performed in Central Piedmont's Community College summer stock of Joseph and The Technicolored Dreamcoat. She is excited to be helping out with the production!
- Ethan Harbin is a senior here at ETSU. He is a Theatre major and has been a part of ETSU productions on stage in the past few years including "Waiting for Godot", "Antigone", and "Androcles and The Lion." This will be his first show working backstage as a part of the crew, and he is very excited to have this opportunity and learn as much as he can! We hope you enjoy the show!
- J.T. Roberts is a junior at East Tennessee State University currently majoring in Theatre with a General concentration, along with a minor of Secondary Education. His previous credits at ETSU include Captain in "Androcles and the Lion", Matt in "Straight White Men." He is also an assistant in the scene shop and has helped build the sets of "Men on Boats", "Androcles and the Lion", and "Bright Star." Outside of school, J.T. also performs in community shows such as Roger in "Grease" and enjoys fostering kittens, reading, as well as participating as an Orientation and Preview leader for the Preview and Orientation Leader Organization at ETSU. Roll Bucs!
Light Board Operator
- Born and raised in Miami, Florida, and with the ink still wet on his high school diploma, Andy drove across the country to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. After two decades spent cultivating a collection of obscure acting credits on IMDB, Andy decided to move his wife and kids to Tennessee and go back to school. Andy is now studying at ETSU to become a high school drama teacher. With this new career, Andy’s excited to prepare the next generation of actors for their own adventures in Hollywood.
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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME was first presented by the National Theatre, London at the Cottesloe Theatre on August 2nd 2012 and transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, West End, London on March 12th 2013. The Play opened in the USA at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on October 5th 2014. This Play is presented by kind permission of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)
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