DogfightMAY 7 - JUN 5, 2016 Buy Tickets
Music and Lyrics by
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by Jose Delgado
Choreography by Larry Sousa
WINNER! 2013 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD – OUTSTANDING MUSICAL
It’s November 21, 1963; and on the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
Bernstein … Drew Arisco
Marcy / Peggy / Hippie … McCaela Donovan*
Eddie Birdlace … Jordan J. Ford*
Fector … Dave Heard*
Mama / Suzette / Hippie … Liliane Klein*
Rose Fenny … Alejandra M. Parrilla
Gibbs / Stevens’ Party Date … Edward Rubenacker
Ruth Two Bears / Librarian / Chippy / Hippie / Rose u/s … Jenna Lea Scott*
Boland … Jared Troilo*
Lounge Singer / Pete / Sergeant / Praying Drag Queen /
. Diner Patron / Waiter / Big Tony … Patrick Varner
Stevens … Dylan James Whelan
Click “Who’s Who” below for full cast information.
DREW ARISCO (Bernstein) is thrilled to make his SpeakEasy debut. He is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory where he appeared in Oklahoma (Will Parker), Hair (Berger), and Merrily We Roll Along. Other favorite credits include The Pirates of Penzance and Shrek (Summer Repertory Theatre); Spring Awakening and Les Misérables (French Woods); and Peter Pan and Urinetown (The Boston Conservatory). Drew would like to thank Paul and everyone at SpeakEasy, his cast and crew, Dave/Zane, and his friends and family for their constant support.
PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) was the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don’t!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown, and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theatre and directing. He has also been honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2007, and served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Outside the theatre, Paul serves on the Boards of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
McCAELA DONOVAN* (Marcy/Peggy/Hippie) is always happy to be back at SpeakEasy, where she has appeared in Necessary Monsters, Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Nine. Local credits: Huntington Theatre Company (A Little Night Music, Candide), American Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group, Reagle Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis Theater Company, Stoneham Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Lyric Stage, Bridge Rep of Boston, Fiddlehead Theatre, and Company One. New York Credits: NYMT Festival, Primary Stages. BFA – Musical Theatre (Ithaca College); MA -Theatre Education (Emerson College); MFA Acting (Brandeis University). She is also a member of Actors’ Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and SAFD, and serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University. Thanks to the SpeakEasy family, her amazing BU colleagues and students, and to JS.
JORDAN J. FORD* (Eddie Birdlace) is thrilled to be back in Boston making his SpeakEasy debut. He is a recent BFA graduate of The Boston Conservatory whose past New England credits include Opera North’s West Side Story (Riff); Gloucester Stage Company’s Spring Awakening (Hanschen); and The Boston Conservatory’s productions of On the Town (Gabey), The Wild Party (Burrs), and Hair (Claude). Paul Daigneault, you rock. All the love to Maj, Pops, Jen, and Ky. Shout outs to D&A, and Steve and the crew at CGF.
DAVE HEARD (Fector) has been seen at SpeakEasy many times….in the audience …. and is jubilant to be making his SpeakEasy Stage Debut in Dogfight. Fresh off the stages of Northeastern University, where he appeared as a guest artist in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dave is pleased to be performing in his hometown once again. Previous credits include national and international Tours of Hairspray and Dreamgirls. facebook.com/Davetheactor.
LILIANE KLEIN* (Mama/Suzette/Hippie) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared in Fat Pig. Regional: CT Free Shakespeare (CT), Aurora (CA), Majestic (MA), Stoneham (MA), Fiddlehead (MA), Next Door (MA), Foothills (MA), Long Wharf (CT), Ivoryton (CT). NYC: Lincoln Center; New York City Opera; Urban Stages; NYMF; Musicals Tonight!; La Mama E.T.C.. Tours: Titanic, Scrooge. Film: Men in Black 3. TV: HOT3 Israel mini series, Ananda, Kid Fitness on PBS. Training: Boston University College of Fine Arts, 2002. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Thanks and love always to M, M, B, S, M, M, CFS, Friends, Fans, and YOU! lilianeklein.com
ALEJANDRA M. PARRILLA (Rose Fenny) is very excited to be making her professional debut at SpeakEasy. She is graduating from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theater this spring. Recent Conservatory credits include In the Heights (Daniela); Capsule #613 (Mama/Ingrid); Coolsville; and Hair (Tribe). She would like to thank her parents for the constant support, Javi Cabrera for two years of love, and Paul Daigneault for this amazing opportunity. Sending love to her angel, Abuelo Fafa. This one is for you.
BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL (Music and Lyrics)’s Broadway credits include A Christmas Story, The Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre), which received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Off-Broadway credits include Dogfight (Second Stage Theatre), the Lucille Lortel Award-winner for Best New Musical. Other theater credits include James and the Giant Peach (Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Musicals and Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Edges. In TV, their original songs were featured on season two of NBC’s Smashand rose to the top 25 on the iTunes pop charts. They have also written songs for Sesame Street (PBS) and Johnny and the Sprites (Disney Channel). Other songwriting honors include the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Sundance Institute Fellowship; ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; ASCAP Songwriters Fellowship Award; Dramatists Guild Fellowship; Jonathan Larson Award; and Billboard Magazine Top 5 Broadway Songwriters. Benj and Justin work actively as teachers conducting master classes at top theater programs and universities around the world. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America.
EDWARD RUBENACKER (Gibbs/Stevens’ Party Date). SpeakEasy debut! Edward is currently a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory, where, this past semester, he appeared in Sweeney Todd as Anthony and was the music director for the rock musical Hair. Musical credits: Cabaret (Emcee), Young Frankenstein (Igor), and [title of show] (Hunter). Plays: Vieux Carré (musician), Our Town (Doctor Gibbs), and Taming of the Shrew (Luccentio). Love to friends and family!
JENNA LEA SCOTT* (Ruth Two Bears / Librarian / Chippy / Hippie / Rose u/s) is making her SpeakEasy debut. She was the first Asian American to play the role of Tracy in the musical Hairspray, appearing inthe 2014 Elliot Norton Award-winning production at Wheelock Family Theatre. Jenna also played Christmas Eve in Avenue Q at Lyric Stage Company, a production which took home the 2013 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical. Jenna this year started her own theatre company called Glass Curtain Company: Boston’s OTHER Theatre. She’s determined to produce projects that shatter the glass ceiling for all actors/performers. Jenna grew up in Acton, MA, and went to AMDA (NYC). She dedicates her performance to her angels in heaven: Katie and Mom.
JARED TROILO* (Boland) returns to SpeakEasy having recently appeared in Far from Heaven and Jerry Springer – The Opera. He recently received IRNE Award nominations for his roles in My Fair Lady (Lyric Stage) and The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead Theatre). Other favorite credits include That Bachelorette Show (Off-Bway), A LittlePrincess (Fiddlehead Theatre); West Side Story, Godspell, Les Misérables (Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH); and The Drowsy Chaperone (Barnstormers). He received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is a proud member of AEA. Love to Mom, Dad, and Kira.
PATRICK VARNER (Lounge Singer / Pete / Sergeant / Praying Drag Queen / Diner Patron / Waiter / Big Tony) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut! Boston credits: A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre); Sondheim on Sondheim, Buyer and Cellar, and City of Angels (Lyric Stage); Assassins (New Rep); Translations (Bad Habit Productions); Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story (workshop, ArtsEmerson); The Human Comedy, Buried Child, and Shining City. He is a proud graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre with a BFA in Acting, and holds a certificate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. All the love to S!
DYLAN JAMES WHELAN (Stevens) is so excited to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He is currently a student at The Boston Conservatory where he has recently appeared in A Map of Virtue, A Doll’s House, and Coolsville. Dylan would like to thank Paul and everyone at SpeakEasy for this opportunity, and his family for their constant love and support.