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The university acting department will put on ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ over two weekends in April

GARY ALLEN - Student actor Johnathan Billington rehearses the lead of Christopher in George Fox University's upcoming spring drama 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,' while director JeanneAnn Faris looks on.

A dead dog named Wellington, a boy with Asperger's Syndrome suspected of the crime, and a journey of self-exploration.

That's the setup for George Fox University's spring drama, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." The shows are directed by senior theater major JeanneAnn Faris and will debut at 7:30 p.m. April 4-6 and April 11-13, and at 2 p.m. April 7 and April 14. All shows are in the university's Wood-Mar Auditorium.

The drama, which won a Tony Award in 2015 for best play, was adapted from the 2003 mystery novel of the same name by British author Mark Haddon. The story focuses on a boy named Christopher, who is a high-functioning 15-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome, with the play and book opening with Christopher standing over his neighbor's dead dog. After police come, Christopher finds himself at the center of the blame, at one point getting arrested, so he goes on a mission to find the dog's killer, despite his father's protests.

But as Christopher continues to investigate the mystery, he finds things about the people in his life he never could have suspected.

"To me, this story is about relationships," Faris said in a press release. "In each of Christopher's close relationships, he finds the same things – comfort, safety, care, patience, attention, a listening ear, truth and trust. The relationships Christopher does not connect with involve judgment, control, force, demand, impatience and fear.

"People are messy. Christopher knows this, deeply. But it's when he shares his mess with others, they share theirs with him and they take responsibility for all of the mess together, that Christopher realizes he can do anything."

Tickets for the play are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and college alumni, and $6 for students and children under the age of 12. Tickets can be bought online at or at the university's box office in the Bruin Store. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be bought an hour before a performance in the lobby box office.

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