Producer Evangeline Morphos and others will bring David Rabe's comedy, The Dog Problem, to the Atlantic Theatre with previews beginning May 8. The show opens May 8 and will run through July 1.
Playwright Rabe originally wrote the piece as a one-act. It was first staged last year as a full length two-act at the Long Wharf Theatre. Rabe is rewriting the Long Wharf version at this time and certain changes—which could ultimately affect casting— are expected.
The Atlantic staging is likely to feature many of the actors that appeared at Long Wharf in 2000. Among those who performed the comedy at Long Wharf were Joe Pacheco, Victor Argo, Andrea Gabriel and David Wike.
Scott Ellis (currently preparing for the pre-Broadway, New Haven run of the Schlitz-Ludwig musical, Tom Sawyer) directed the Long Wharf production and will helm the Atlantic Theatre cast as well.
The Rabe play has been described as a "gangster comedy" in which the mob puts out a contract on a troublesome canine. Producer Morphos' last production at the Atlantic was Kevin Heelan's Distant Fires.
Rabe was most recently represented on the New York stage by A Question of Mercy at New York Theatre Workshop.
—By Murdoch McBride