THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED Opens Next Week at Happy Medium Theatre

A new venture awaits lauded fringe actor, Audrey Lynn Sylvia, former co-founder of Happy Medium Theatre. Take Your Pick Productions, a new and daring company, picks up after Happy Medium Theatre. HMT amicably and secretively closed its doors after a successful run of Ronan Noone's Brendan.

"I founded Take Your Pick Productions as an opportunity to produce plays that are important to me, with people who are important to me. And there was no better project to kick this off than The Little Dog Laughed. Because Victor Shopov and I have both been passionate about this show for many years - and he has signed on as a producing partner for this production to help make it happen. Victor and I have a rich history with Douglas Carter Beane, having performed together in Music from a Sparkling Planet and The Country Club with Happy Medium Theatre in 2010 and 2011, respectively. I look forward to again joining my dear friend and colleague on stage to present another one of Beane's fantastic works."

Mitchell Green is a Hollywood star on his way to the A-list -- if he can only keep that pesky "recurring case of homosexuality" under wraps. When Mitchell falls for a young call-boy while in New York for a premiere, his acerbic, fast-talking Hollywood agent, Diane, takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, the call-boy, Alex, is trying to figure out what he wants: Mitchell, or best friend/lover Ellen. He is torn between his desires for glitter and money and his longing for love, with all its requisite complications. Throughout all this, the tabloid-mad public keeps at everyone's heels, waiting anxiously for someone to fall. Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed is a biting, timely comedy, that takes aim at the entertainment industry, sex and sexuality, and the way happy endings "should" look.

"Even though we're a bit more than decade from the Broadway production, and parts of our society have embraced a diverse spectrum of gender and sexual identities we still haven't seen the arrival of an openly gay leading man in Hollywood. Do you remember the backlash associated when it came out that Idris Elba was a top consideration for James Bond," remarks Cassandra Lovering, director. "As far as we'd like to think we've come in terms of equality, whether it be gender, racial, etc., I think it's clear, especially now, that the previous barriers remain in place. How far into the future do we have to go until a gay actor plays Jason Bourne or Superman? I'm not sure, but I hope by producing plays like LDL, it will come sooner."

The show will feature four acclaimed fringe actors: multiple IRNE and Elliot Norton award/nominee, Victor L. Shopov (BENT, Zeitigeist Stage Company); Audrey Lynn Sylvia (Brendan, Happy Medium Theatre), IRNE nominee Aina Adler (The Submission, Zeitgeist Stage Company), and Matthew Fagerberg (Language of Angels, Happy Medium Theatre).

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