Year of the Rooster Begins Return Engagement at Ensemble Studio Theatre

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09 Jan 2014

Denny Dale Bess
Denny Dale Bess

Year of the Rooster, Eric Dufault's comedy about the subculture of American cockfighting, begins its return engagement at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2014 Jan. 9. 

The production continues through Feb. 1.

Directed by John Giampietro, Year of the Rooster features Denny Dale Bess, Delphi Harrington, Thomas Lyons, Bobby Moreno and Megan Tusing playing human and/or animal characters.

Here's how the production is billed: "Year of the Rooster is a combination of lowbrow, foul-mouthed humor and hyper-articulate references to Greek myths and legends. The play centers on the regularly ridiculed Gil (Thomas Lyons) who now, with his new rooster, a fearsome killing machine named Odysseus Rex (Bobby Moreno), is experiencing things he's never had in his life — hope, victory, and revenge."

First presented at the Ensemble Studio Theatre as a part of Unfiltered 2012, Year of the Rooster was developed in the Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood program for playwrights under 30. The most recent run concluded Nov. 24, 2013.



"Two years ago when we workshopped an early draft of Year of The Rooster, the energy from the play was like a small volcano erupting on our stage," artistic director William Carden said in a previous statement. "Eric Dufault is a daring, original voice writing in a comic, mythic and scintillating vein. He takes us into the peculiar sub-culture of cock fighting and finds in that fierce and funny world dark resonances of ambition, winning and losing that reach us all. We knew then this was a voice to be heard."

Year of the Rooster features scenery by Alexis Distler, lighting by Greg MacPherson, sound by Shane Rettig and costumes by Sydney Maresca. Fight director is Qui Nguyen, and the production stage manager is Eileen Lalley.

Visit ensemblestudiotheatre.org for more information.