ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre Join Forces for Seattle Premiere of DOGFIGHT This Fall

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ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre Join Forces for Seattle Premiere of DOGFIGHT This Fall

ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre are excited to announce the joining of forces this fall for the Seattle premiere of Dogfight. This production will be the second of the season for both companies and the first collaboration between them. ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre are looking forward to this exciting opportunity to work together and to continue reaching out and fostering new relationships.

Based on the 1991 Warner Bros. film, Dogfight is the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young marines in 1963 on the eve of the deployment to the small but growing conflict in Vietnam. Their last evening of fun and debauchery has a cruel edge and Eddie Birdlace enlists a sweet but awkward waitress, Rose Fenny, to join him at the party that night. Rewriting the rules of the game she has become a part of, Rose teaches young Eddie the meaning of compassion.

With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (EDGES, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, A CHRISTMAS STORY) and Peter Duchan (STU FOR SILVERTON), the show won critical acclaim in New York and received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical in 2013. Dogfight veers from intimate and intense to wildly energetic.

ArtsWest and Balagan Theatre will present Dogfight October 23- November 22 at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery in West Seattle. Tickets will be on sale August 1, 2014 at www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/.

Dogfight will replace the previously announced productions of Bad Apples in Balagan's season and The Pride in ArtsWest's season.

About Balagan Theatre - Balagan Theatre produces highly acclaimed theatre at a highly accessible price to raise up the next generation of artists, audiences, and artistic work. From award-winning shows like Spring Awakening and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog to "Best of the Year" productions like Avenue Q and August: Osage County, Balagan is known for creating exceptionally crafted, thought-provoking theatre, which we offer to the community at an affordable price, in a personal environment. www.balagantheatre.org

About ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery - ArtsWest is a vibrant center for both performing and visual arts located in the West Seattle Junction. This 149-seat theatre provides a unique setting for audiences and artists as stories of human emotion unfold in an intimate space. Winner of the American Theatre Wing's 2012 National Theatre Company Award, ArtsWest has produced such diverse work as Evil Dead The Musical, Little Women and last season's critically acclaimed production of HAIR. ArtsWest, through its mission of producing artistically compelling work, improving the imagination and promoting cultural vibrancy, is committed to delivering work that opens minds and instills the need to do that which is most human - to discuss and share. www.artswest.org

Dogfight is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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