NY Theatre Workshop to stage new play on Armenian experience
September 1, 2012 – 13:03 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director
James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo have announced
that Kathleen Chalfant will lead the cast of NYTW’s production of `Red
Dog Howls,’ written by Alexander Dinelaris, The Armenian
Ken Rus Schmoll will direct the production, which opens the 2012-13
season, beginning performances on September 5.
`Red Dog Howls,’ which will officially open on September 24, will also
feature Alfred Narciso and Florencia Lozano.
In `Red Dog Howls,’ a box of old letters and a father’s dying wish
lead Michael Kiriakos to uncover the buried secrets of his family
history. As Michael gets to know Rose, an elderly Armenian woman,
Michael discovers a past he never knew existed. `Red Dog Howls’
explores the horrors of a forgotten genocide, the enduring strength of
the human spirit and how the choices one generation makes for their
children, for better or worse, will reverberate for generations to
Chalfant earned a Tony nomination for `Angels in America: Millennium
Approaches’ and appeared on Broadway in `M. Butterfly,’ `Angels in
America: Perestroika’ and `Racing Demon.’ Her off-Broadway credits
include `Wit,’ `Painting Churches,’ `Talking Heads,’ `Family Week,’
`Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ and `Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell.’ Her
film and TV credits include `The Laramie Project,’ `Kinsey,’ `Perfect
Stranger,’ `Junior,’ `Rescue Me,’ `Duplicity’ and `Law & Order.’
NYTW is known for its innovative adaptations of classic repertory.
Each season, from its home in New York’s East Village neighborhood,
NYTW presents three to five new productions, more than 80 readings and
numerous workshop productions, for more than 45,000 audience members.
Over the past 28 years, NYTW has developed and produced more than 100
new, fully-staged works.
NYTW’s acclaimed productions of `Once’ and `Peter and the Starcatcher’
are currently enjoying Broadway runs, having garnered 20 Tony Award
nominations, and `Rent,’ which premiered at NYTW, is currently playing
an off-Broadway revival. In 1991, NYTW received an OBIE Award for
Sustained Achievement and in 2000 was designated to be part of the
Leading National Theatres Program by the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.