Dogfight Returns to New York for Limited Run Tonight | Playbill

News Dogfight Returns to New York for Limited Run Tonight The New York regional premiere of Dogfight plays Sept. 19-21 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center.
Gina Gentile and Dustin Harris Smith
Gina Gentile and Dustin Harris Smith Photo by Alex Cutrone

Directed by Frank Portanova with music direction by Stephen Ferri and choreography by Lexie Fennell Frare, the cast features Chelsey Lynn Alfredo, Ericka Ackerman, David Cronin, Matt DaSilva, Veronica Decker, Elizabeth Doyle, Colin Earyes, Natalia Fogarty, Gina Gentile, Douglas “Katch” Gray, John Hannigan, Tyler Henson, Carolina Jarufe, Steven Liberto, Peter McClung, Sarah Paige Morris, Paulette Oliva, Stephanie Savino, Alexandra Schwartz, Dustin Smith and Shawn Smith.

Dogfight has a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with a book by Peter Duchan, based on the blockbuster 1991 Warner Bros. film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.

"On November 21, 1963, a group of young marines are gathered in San Fransisco the night before they ship off to Vietnam," according to press notes. "They decide to celebrate their last night of freedom with a cruel game they call a 'dogfight' where every man sets out to find the ugliest girl he can and brings her to a party. Everyone puts in money, and the man with the ugliest date wins the pot. One of the young men Eddie Birdlace, is running out of time to find a date when he meets idealistic waitress Rose Fenny in a diner. He invites her to the party—her very first party—and she accepts. She leaves angrily when she finds out about the bet and Eddie, feeling bad, comes to find her. After an inauspicious beginning, an awkward love story begins to unfold."

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students 22 and under. All performances are at the White Plains theatre, located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains. For tickets visit or call (914) 328-1600.

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