Finally, An Actor With Autism Is Starring In ‘Curious Incident’

When actor Mickey Rowe found out he had been cast as the leading character in “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” the news brought tears to his eyes.

Earning a spot in a production of the Tony Award–winning play based on Mark Haddon’s 2003 murder-mystery novel of the same name was a life-changing accomplishment in itself. But even more remarkably, Rowe was cast in the role of Christopher, a 15-year-old with autism spectrum disorder. Having been diagnosed with autism at age 21, Rowe is one of the first actors with autism to play a character with autism on a major professional stage ― and the very first to play Christopher in the critically-acclaimed show set to premiere this fall at the Indiana Repertory Theatre before traveling to New York’s Syracuse Stage, an achievement the Broadway production was never able to pull off.

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