The Curious Incident...National Tour Should Cast An Autistic Actor in the Lead Role

Chris Peterson

It's not often but every now and then a play or musical comes along that shines light on issues or people that deserve more attention. 

And while the exact disorder is undefined, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has certainly shined a positive light of people with autism with the breath taking performance of Alex Sharp. 

Ian Barford as Ed and Alexander Sharp as Christopher in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' Joan Marcus

Ian Barford as Ed and Alexander Sharp as Christopher in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' Joan Marcus

Given the popularity of the show and its announced national tour, the timing could never be better to cast someone with autism in such a high profile role. 

I'm not the only one who believes this either. There is currently a huge movement from the autistic acting community. But rather me tell you why someone with autism should be cast in this role, let's hear what they have to say. 

Peter McGuinness TORONTO, ON 
As the father of an autistic son, I know that this story is a great way to spread autism awareness, and respect. But the message would be underlined by casting an autistic young man in the lead role!

I completely support this idea and I hope you too. It's certainly time for actors with physical and mental disabilities, differences and challenges to portray the roles that are based on them. There is a petition going around, here is the link, I hope you sign it. 

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