SYNPOSIS: In this Tony Award-winning play based on the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, 15-year-old Christopher Boone is an autistic boy who struggles to understand the basic emotional relationships of the people around him, but is also capable of solving extraordinarily difficult math problems. When his neighbor’s dog is murdered, Christopher resolves to discover who killed the dog and in the process embarks on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.
LANGUAGE: There is a fair amount of both profanities and obscenities uttered in the play, enough to qualify the play for an “R” rating. The language includes “”Jesus,” Jesus Christ” or Christ” a number of times, variants of “fuck,” (used as an exclamatory oath) and “shit,” also used a number of times, and a few uses of “bollocks,” “bastard,” and “arse.”
SMOKING/DRINKING/DRUG USE: There is not smoking in the play. There may be incidental depictions of drinking.
VIOLENCE: The action of the play is set in motion when Christopher discovers a dead dog with a garden fork sticking out of it. This may be upsetting to younger audience members, but there is otherwise no other violence in the play.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? The best-selling novel upon which the play is based was very popular with teenaged readers. The character of Christopher, a teenager who has trouble understanding the world and is, by virtue of his autism, an archetypal outsider, will resonate with teenaged audiences, but parents should be aware of the strong language in the play. It is inappropriate for or beyond the grasp of most pre-teen audiences.
RATING: The show would be rated “R” for strong language.
This production is sponsored by:
Student Matinee Sponsor:
The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation