Catherine Filloux's Dog and Wolf at 59E59
Dog and Wolf - a new play by Catherine Filloux about the unlikely relationship between a political refugee in the U.S. and the American lawyer who wants to win asylum for her - will be given its world-premiere at 59E59 St. opening on 9 Feb 2010, following previews from 5 Feb and running through to 21 Feb 2010.
In Dog and Wolf, when refugee Jasmina -- an enigmatic woman traumatized by the death of family and the experience of mass graves -- suddenly disappears, her wheelchair-bound attorney Joseph travels to Eastern Europe to track her down. With its underpinnings of psychological and political intrigue, Dog and Wolf poses the question, "How can you live your life in fear?"
The play draws its title from the French expression, "Entre chien et loup," which describes that time before night, when the light is so dim one can't tell a dog from a wolf.
Directed by Jean Randich, Dog and Wolf will feature Nadia Bowers, John Daggett and Dale Soules.
The production has scenic and video design by Anna Kiraly, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, costume design by Alixa Gage Englund, and sound design by Robert Murphy.
Dog and Wolf is Filloux's newest play about human rights and genocide, subjects she has been addressing on stage as a strong advocate for social justice for 20 years, having worked in Bosnia, Morocco and Cambodia. Her play 'Lemkin's House' concerns Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who invented the word "genocide" and dedicated his life to having it declared an international crime. Her play 'Eyes of the Heart' - set in Cambodia amidst the reign of genocidal terror under Khmer Rouge - debuted Off-Broadway in 2004 in a production by National Asian American Theatre Company. As well, she is the author of 'Killing the Boss', again set in a country with a history of social injustice, which debuted at Cherry Lane Theatre. Her numerous other works include, 'The Beauty Inside', book and lyrics for 'Where Elephants Weep', and libretto for 'The Floating Box: A Story in China.'
Director Jean Randich marks her fifth collaboration with Filloux with Dog and Wolf. New York credits include 'Leah's Train' by Karen Hartman (NAATCO), 'Killing the Boss,' The Constant Couple' (Pearl Theatre). Nadia Bowers has appeared on Broadway in 'The Farnsworth Invention,' 'Doubt,' and 'Metamorphoses.'
John Daggett's credits Off-Broadway include 'Killing the Boss,' 'Lemkin's House,', 'Teahouse of the August Moon.'
Dale Soules made her Broadway debut in the musical 'Hair.' Other Broadway includes 'Whose Life is it Anyway?' 'The Magic Show,' 'The Crucible,'and most recently covering and playing 'Edith Bouvier Beale' in 'Grey Gardens.'
Dog and Wolf producer Mary Fulham is the Artistic Director of Watson Arts, a resident company of La MaMa E.T.C. that develops and presents theater with a particular emphasis on women.
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