A Broadway Hit, With an Autistic Math Whiz at Its Center

10:13 minutes

Christopher Boone, the protagonist of the hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, might be one of the most singular heroes to light up Broadway. He’s a 15-year-old math whiz obsessed with spaceflight and black holes, who’s dead-set on solving a neighborhood murder. And while it’s never stated explicitly, Christopher is on the autism spectrum. Actor Alex Sharp discusses how he brought Christopher to life while avoiding clichés about Autism Spectrum Disorder. And Autism Speaks’ Michael Rosen joins to talk about how “autism-friendly” performances can help those on the spectrum enjoy a night at the theater.

Segment Guests

Alex Sharp

Alex Sharp is an actor, playing Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on Broadway in New York, New York.

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is executive V.P. of strategic communications for Autism Speaks in New York, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.