Midcoast students in Theatre UMF’s ‘Curious Incident’

Oct 12, 2018

Farmington — The University of Maine at Farmington brings to the campus stage the multi-award-winning Broadway play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.” The Theatre UMF production, which includes Rockland’s Ian Grima and Waldoboro’s Hope Lash, will run Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 18 through 21, at UMF Alumni Theater, off High Street.

Performances for the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Play are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” is a stage adaptation by Simon Stephens, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Mark Haddon. Theatre UMF, the on-campus student theater organization, is one of the first theater groups in Maine to produce this play, which has successful runs in both London and on Broadway.

UMF Director of Theatre Jayne Decker directs. The story revolves around Christopher Boone, an extraordinary young man who discovers the body of his neighbor’s dog. A gifted mathematician, Boone is a bit of an outsider who sees the world in a different way. He is soon under suspicion and embarks on a journey to unravel the truth … and in the process finds some answers for himself.

“I am always looking for a play that will challenge our students in a new way. This production does that on many levels,” said Decker. “In addition to learning a proper British dialect, many members of the all-student cast will be playing more than one role. It’s always a thrill to see them rise to the challenge.”

Grima plays Ed, Christopher’s father and a central character; and Lash is the show’s stage manager. The Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. Tickets are $8; $6 for senior citizens; and $5 for students with I.D. They are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling 778-7465.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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