Jonathan Munby directs David Johnston's translation/adaptation of de Vega's work, which will play the DC venue through March 29. The cast comprises Michelle Hurd as Diana, Michael Hayden as Teodoro, David Turner as Tristan, John Livingstone Rolle as Federico, Jonathan Hammond as Marquis Ricardo and David Sabin as Octavio and Ludovico.
In The Dog in the Manger, press notes state, "the haughty countess Diana rejects her many aristocratic suitors only to fall in love with her handsome young secretary, Teodoro. To pursue this forbidden love, Diana must sabotage her suitors, deceive her friends and concoct ever-more elaborate schemes."
In a previous statement director Munby said, "There is a strong sense that this play comes from the heart of Lope's own experiences; he feels very close to this. What is clear is that his planets were in alignment, as it were, when he wrote The Dog in the Manger. The language, the drama, the wit, the human experience, pain and humor, all shine brightly in this master work."
The creative team also includes set designer Alexander Dodge, costume designer Linda Cho, lighting designer Matthew Richards, choreographer Daniel Pelzig and voice and text coaching by Ellen O'Brien with original Music and sound design by Richard Martinez. The stage manager is M. William Shiner, and the assistant stage manager is Colleen Martin.
The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th Street NW in Washington, DC. For ticket information visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.