PHOTO CALL: NYTW's Red Dog Howls, With Kathleen Chalfant and Alfredo Narciso, Opens Off-Broadway
By Joseph Marzullo
New York Theatre Workshop's 2012-13 season-launching production of Red Dog Howls, Alexander Dinelaris' drama about family secrets shaken loose, opened Sept. 24 following previews from Sept. 5. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant, Florencia Lozano and Alfredo Narciso.
Ken Rus Schmoll directs the play, billed this way by Off-Broadway's NYTW: "A box of old letters and a father's dying wish leads Michael Kiriakos to dig up the buried memories of his hidden family history. After meeting Rose, his father's now-elderly, Armenian pen pal, Michael slowly learns of a past he never knew existed — one of exile, sacrifice and, ultimately, redemption."
Written by the author of MCC Theater's Still Life, Red Dog Howls "explores the horrors of human atrocities, the enduring strength of the human spirit, and how the choices we make as husbands, sons, wives, and daughters will — for better or worse — reverberate for generations."
The production team includes scenic designer Marsha Ginsberg; costume designer David C. Woolard; lighting designer Tyler Micoleau; sound designer Jane Shaw; fight coordinator Scott Barrow; vocal coach Ginger Eckert; and production stage manager Megan Smith.
Dinelaris is currently working in the West End on the stage adaptation of The Bodyguard. His Off-Broadway credits include Still Life (MCC); The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theatre); In This, Our Time; Big Kids; Zanna Don't! (two Drama Desk nominations).
Chalfant is a 1993 Tony nominee for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. She won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress for Wit in 1999. Her credits include Farmyard, Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador, Far Away (NYTW), Dance with Me, Angels in America, Racing Demon, Wit, 9 Armenians, Talking Heads, Stories Left to Tell, Guantanamo, Painting Churches, Endgame and Savannah Bay.
Narciso appeared at NYTW in The Misanthrope. Broadway credits include Motherf***er with the Hat and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off-Broadway includes Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic), The Ugly One (Soho Rep/Play Co.), and The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons).
Lozano has appeared at NYSF (Macbeth), LAByrinth (Dirty Story), LAB/MTC: (Where's My Money?), MCC (Last Easter), National Actors' Theatre (Right You Are…), Second Stage (Privilege), Summer Play Festival (Mimesophobia).
NYTW, on East 4th Street in the East Village, was the pre-Broadway launchpad for such works as Once, Rent, Dirty Blonde and Peter and the Starcatcher.
New York Theatre Workshop is led by artistic director James C. Nicola and managing director William Russo.
For more information, visit nytw.org.
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