QUINCY -- People who see a performance of Quincy Community Theatre's production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" might leave with a better understanding of autism, though it will only be a glimpse into one person's world.
"I think we hear the word 'autism' or 'on the spectrum' so frequently, but I would say most people don't understand what that is," said Brandon Thomsen, artistic director for QCT. "I think a play like this shines a light on what that could be at least for this one individual, and I think what we learn is it's his story, and we each have our own story."
Premiering Friday, "Curious Incident" is based on a 2003 novel of the same name by British writer Mark Haddon. It was adapted into a stage play in 2012 in London before premiering on Broadway in 2014. It won five Tony awards, including Best Play. A film adaptation also has been announced.
The play is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties."
Played by Ziven Crist, Christopher has an unspecified autism condition allowing him to relate well to animals but have no understanding of human emotions. Christopher sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers truths about himself and the world.
The cast of 10 has made preparing for opening night relatively seamless.
"This has been one of the smoothest rehearsal processes," Thomsen said.
"The actors are so focused and very committed. We started blocking the show with their lines memorized, and that just doesn't happen."
Thompson saw a Broadway production when visiting New York, and he's excited to present it to local audiences.
"I heard that it was the show to go see, and I was so taken by it -- one from a technical point of view and two from the twists and turns of the story," he said.
"It really had me on the edge of my seat. There were a couple moments where I gasped, and I'm really looking forward to those moments here."
Performances run through Sept. 22.
Thursday through Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances start at 2 p.m.
Tickets, which cost between $20 and $22, can be purchased at the QCT box office in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, online at 1qct.org or by calling 217-222-3209.