New Filloux play DOG AND WOLF Debuts at 59E59, Previews 2/5/2010
DOG AND WOLF - a new play by Catherine Filloux about the unlikely relationship between a political refugee in the U.S. and the American lawyer who wants to win asylum for her - will be given its world-premiere with previews beginning February 5, 2010 prior to its official press opening February 9 Off-Broadway at 59E59 St. (located at 59 E. 59 St.) in Manhattan. Directed by Jean Randich, DOG AND WOLF is presented by Watson Arts.
In DOG AND WOLF, when refugee Jasmina -- an enigmatic woman traumatized by the death of family and the experience of mass graves -- suddenly disappears, her wheelchair-bound attorney Joseph travels to Eastern Europe to track her down. With its underpinnings of psychological and political intrigue, DOG AND WOLF poses the question, "How can you live your life in fear?" The play draws its title from the French expression, "Entre chien et loup," which describes that time before night, when the light is so dim one can't tell a dog from a wolf.
DOG AND WOLF is Ms. Filloux's newest play about human rights and genocide, subjects she has been addressing on stage as a strong advocate for social justice for 20 years, having worked in Bosnia, Morocco and Cambodia. Her play LEMKIN'S HOUSE concerns Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who invented the word "genocide" and dedicated his life to having it declared an international crime. LEMKIN'S HOUSE debuted at 78th Street Theatre Lab and was re-mounted by popular demand Off-Broadway at McGinn-Cazale Theatre. Ms. Filloux's play EYES OF THE HEART - set in Cambodia amidst the reign of genocidal terror under Khmer Rouge - debuted Off-Broadway in 2004 in a production by National Asian American Theatre Company. As well, she is the author of KILLING THE BOSS, again set in a country with a history of social injustice, which debuted at Cherry Lane Theatre. Her numerous other works include, THE BEAUTY INSIDE, book and lyrics for WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP, and libretto for THE FLOATING BOX: A STORY IN CHINATOWN.
Director Jean Randich marks her fifth collaboration with Ms. Filloux with DOG AND WOLF. New York credits include LEAH'S TRAIN by Karen Hartman (NAATCO); KILLING THE BOSS, THE CONSTANT COUPLE by George Farquhar, (Pearl Theatre); THE DISPUTE by Marivaux, (NAATCO); LEMKIN'S HOUSE, COMMEDIA DELL SMARTASS by Sonya Sobieski (New Georges); ANTIGONE by Sophocles, (NAATCO); THE FLOATING BOX, an opera by Hwang/ Filloux (Asia Society); DRAWN TO DEATH by Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston (St. Ann's, NYC); Karen Hartman's GIRLS UNDER GRAIN (Winner: Best Drama, NY International Fringe Festival 2000); HE WHO SAYS YES, HE WHO SAYS NO (NAATCO); THE GOLDEN DOOR (Tenement Theater, NYC); J.P. MORGAN SAVES THE NATION by Jeff Jones and Jonathan Larson, (En Garde Arts).
Nadia Bowers has appeared on Broadway in THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, DOUBT, METAMORPHOSES. NYC: JULIUS CAESAR (NYSF); ROMANIA, KISS ME!; NOT WAVING, EYES OF THE HEART and others.
John Daggett's credits Off-Broadway include KILLING THE BOSS, LEMKIN'S HOUSE, TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, Pan Asian Rep; ROME and PORTRAIT OF A PRESIDENT, FringeNYC; AN ARTIST'S LIFE, Dawn Powell Festival; and THE WITCHES OF TRIPTYCH, Idle Hands (OOBR Award).
Dale Soules made her Broadway debut in the landmark musical HAIR. Other Broadway includes WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?, THE MAGIC SHOW, Richard Eyre's THE CRUCIBLE and most recently covering and playing Edith Bouvier Beale in GREY GARDENS.
DOG AND WOLF producer Mary FULHAM is the Artistic Director of Watson Arts, a resident company of La MaMa E.T.C. that develops and presents theater with a particular emphasis on women. She has produced, written and directed several award-winning play productions for Watson Arts: WAS THAT MY 15 MINUTES? And P.S. 69, both of which won the Montreal Fringe's Just For Laughs Award; DEVOTION (Montreal English Critics Circle Award); and HERCULES IN HIGH SUBURBIA, NYC Fringe Overall Excellence Award for Best Score. Watson Arts' productions BALLETTO STILETTO, TROPHY WIFE and COMING, APHRODITE were nominated for multiple Innovative Theatre Awards. Off-Broadway she produced Warren Leight's play NO FOREIGNERS BEYOND THIS POINT with Ma-Yi Theatre Company.
DOG AND WOLF has scenic and video design by Anna Kiraly, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, costume design by Alixa Gage Englund, and sound design by Robert Murphy.
Scheduled through February 21, DOG AND WOLF will perform Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30, and Sundays at 3:30 with an added matinee on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2:30. Tickets are $18 and can be reserved by calling Ticket Central at 212 279 4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com.