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Tony-winning 'Curious Incident' comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will present Simon Stephens’ Tony-winning adaption of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

The production, with eight performances Sept. 12 to 17 in Segerstrom Hall, follows 15-year old Christopher Boone, an exceptionally intelligent teen who is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, leading him on a life-changing journey. Though his condition isn’t named, the behavior suggests he has Asperger’s syndrome.

The show is a recipient of five Tony Awards including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.

It also is the longest running play on Broadway in the past 10 years, having opened on Oct. 5, 2014, at the Barrymore Theatre.

“I think the audience is very surprised by the story we’re telling, and what they get out of it is an emotional roller-coaster,” said actress Maria Elena Ramirez, who plays Siobhan, Christopher’s mentor at school.

“We get a lot of families telling us the story resonates with them and they understand the challenges and milestones,” Ramirez said. “That’s been satisfying for us.”

If You Go

What: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

When: Sept. 12 to 17; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Cost: Tickets start at $29

Information: (714) 556-2787 or scfta.org.

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