An upcoming production at the Omaha Community Playhouse will combine theater and art.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will open Jan. 18 in the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Hawks Mainstage Theatre. Performances will continue through Feb. 10.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play, and based on the best-selling mystery novel by Mark Haddon, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” tells the emotional story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with autism spectrum condition who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog.

Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, the play conveys the point of view of the young protagonist (played by Dominic Torres) as he embarks on an incredible adventure and finds his perceptions of trust and reality turned upside-down.

Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $24 and prices may vary by performance. Tickets may be purchased at the Omaha Community Playhouse Box Office, located at 6915 Cass St., by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com.

A special opening night celebration for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 for guests attending the opening night performance.

Snacks and refreshments will be served in the Owen Lobby, and the celebration will feature two different art exhibits with works by local artists and themes related to the show.

The Inner Dialogue Paper Lantern Exhibit is a collaboration with CHI Health and the CHI Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.

Over 20 patients at the treatment facility have designed and constructed nearly 60 paper lanterns which represent – in visual form – the voices of the play’s main character, Christopher.

The artists – children and adolescents between the ages of 9 and 18 – invested nearly 150 hours of work time over the course of two months to create the works of art.

The Adventures Art Exhibit is a collaboration with WhyArts and the Autism Center of Nebraska.

Throughout December, these two organizations hosted visual arts workshops in which participants explored themes from “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” through clay, paint and collage creations.

Both of these exhibits will remain open through the run of the show (Jan. 18 through Feb. 10), and will be available for public viewing (for both ticketed patrons and non-ticket holders) one hour prior to each performance.

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Tammy Greunke is a native of Cedar Bluffs and reports on entertainment news, general news and sports.

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