kyle strenfel christopher boone south valley civic theatre curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Kyle Strenfel stars as Christopher Boone in South Valley Civic Theater’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” opening Nov. 17 in Morgan Hill. Photo by Chris Foster, graphics by Jason Leong

South Valley Civic Theatre’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” opens Nov. 17 and runs select days through Dec. 9 at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse.

The Tony Award-winning play is based on a novel about 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who is suspected of killing his neighbor’s dog and sets out to identify the true culprit. ​​What makes his detective work unique is that Christopher is on the Autism spectrum; although he is brilliant and logical he is often overwhelmed by the world around him and puzzled in social situations. 

Four projectors (three walls and floor) have been set up in the playhouse, with choreographed crowd scenes, sound and lights, all providing the audience with Christopher’s perspective, including frequent sensory overload.  

Projection and lighting designer Peter Mandel first started planning for this production almost four years ago, when it was initially scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. Since then, he has been collecting projection material for the show and envisioning how it would ultimately be presented.

Director Scott Lynch said he is thrilled to present the powerful messages of the play centered around family and acceptance. The 10-person cast of seasoned actors comes from Hollister, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Santa Cruz and San Jose.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays and Nov. 18 at 2pm, through Dec. 9. Nov. 25 will be an inclusive performance.

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