When Christopher, an autistic math genius who lacks interactive skills, finds a neighborhood dog killed, he breaks outside his insular cocoon to try to solve the mystery, with unexpected results.
Dearborn Heights Crestwood High School presents the Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 to 17, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the school, 1501 N. Beech Daly, Dearborn Heights.
Directed by Cayla Kolbusz, with student director Ayla Sudorowski, the cast includes Markus Monolidis as Christopher, Ghena Nachar as Siobhan, Adam El-Zein as Ed and Alyssa Balish as Judy.
Monolidis said the play is a challenge that the theater group wanted to take on, and his role, as the autistic teen protagonist, is a challenge as well.
“Portraying a character with a disability is difficult,” Monolidis said. “You have to do it service and not be disrespectful.”
He said he hopes it help audiences see people on the autistic spectrum in a new light.
Nachar said she hopes audiences also understand that not everyone fits into a comfortable societal “norm.”
“The characters are all so unique, and have underlying characteristics that you could only fully understand if you watch the show,” Nachar said. “The message it portrays goes deeper than each line.”
Balish said the show also provides her with a new perspective.
“It is unlike any other,” she said. “It’s a show with a lot of meaning. I hope the audience walks away with a clear understanding of the show, and maybe even a better outlook on the world.”
El-Zein said he has only been in musicals before this show, and he hope the audience enjoys seeing how different the world is to Christopher.
“I hope after the show the audiences is buzzing about how were were able to tell this amazing story in our own way,” El-Zein said.
Sudrowski, the student director, who is also in the ensemble, said it is fun when the ensemble becomes the scenery, like a house, through which Christopher walks.
“It can be challenging to accurately create Christopher’s feelings,” she said.
Sudrowski said the play is different from anything the group has done before.
“It highlights true life lessons in a creative, funny and loving way,” she said.
The ensemble includes Ronin Castoreno, America Cortez, Alina Hazime, Sarah Klassa, Kalia Mims, Jenene Mourtada, Mahdi Osseili, Jamie Paschke, Emilio Sanchez, Ayla Sudorowski, Austin Thomas, Ky Warren, Kai’Lee Williams and Lucee Wilson.
VIP tickets in the front are $15, with general admission, middle to back, $10, with a $1 discount for students, seniors and school district personnel. To order, call 201-500-TKTS or go to chstheatre.shutterfly.com.