They'll be dining an extra week at the Public Theater. Playwright Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters, which began performances at the Public's Martinson Hall on Feb. 13, and opened on March 4 has extended until March 25. The original closing date was March 18.
The play is based on Hagedorn's novel of the same name and explores life in the Philippines in the 1980s, mixing "tales of politicians, hustlers, beauty queens and radicals...from the excesses of Imelda Marcos to the horrors of assassination." Michael Grief directs.
Star Hill Harper recently won good notices for his performance in the film "The Visit," a prison drama starring Rae Dawn Chong, Phylicia Rashad, Billy Dee Williams and Talia Shire. Harper's other credits include "Beloved" and "He Got Game."
Also in the cast of Dogeaters is Joel Torre, a Filipino film star whose credits include "Jose Rizal," "Milagros" and "Eskapo." Rounding out the ensemble are Arthur Acuna, Raul Aranas, Chris Donahue, Rona Figueroa, JoJo Gonzales, Christine Jugueta, Mia Katigbak, Jonathan Lopez, Alec Mapa, Ralph Rena, Kate Rigg, Eileen Rivera and Ching Valdes-Aran.
David Gallo (Jitney) will design the set, joining Brandin Baron (costumes), Michael Chybowski (lighting) and Michael Creeson (sound). Grief is best known for directing Jonathan Larson's hit musical Rent. Dogeaters was a Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention in 2000. Hagedorn has authored a screenplay, several multi-media theatre pieces and a clutch of nonfiction articles. She was born and raised in The Philippines.
— By Robert Simonson