A haunting musical about Vietnam War veterans is playing at Woodstock Arts (formerly Elm Street Cultural Arts Village) in downtown Woodstock through November 14.
Originally scheduled for 2020, the Woodstock Arts team has been anticipating and rescheduling Dogfight for quite some time. The musical is a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey inspired by the veteran experience of the Vietnam War and the 1991 Warner Brothers film of the same name. In it, a young soldier learns empathy when he plays a cruel joke on an unsuspecting girl.
Check out photos from the show below!
In the words of the theatre…
“Set against the backdrop of a changing, tumultuous time in America, Dogfight is a complex and hauntingly beautiful story about the power and importance of loving empathy in a world built to stifle it. It is an especially important story to tell now, with striking social parallels between today and our not-so-distant past of 1963. Dogfight also shows us that the ‘antiquated’ values and attitudes present in the musical are still with us today.”-Director Kyle Brumley
In the Cast
Truman Griffin – Eddie Birdlace
Kinsey Erin – Rose Fenny
Andrew – Bernstein
Bennett Morgan – Boland
Bekah Medford – Marcy/Ensemble
Brittany Carol – Mama/Ensemble
Caleb Price – Lounge Singer/Ensemble
Gracelyn Nguyen – Chippy/Ensemble
James Cogswell – Waiter/Ensemble
Akia Sembly – Ruth/Ensemble
Daniela Ramos – Peggy/Ensemble
In the Creative Team
Kyle Brumley, Director
Robin Brazelton, Music Director
Rachel Jarrard, Assistant Director/Choreographer
Beth Schoenfeld, Stage Manager
Beth Leak, Scenic Designer
Brian Gamel, Scenic Designer
Katie Caldwell, Paint Charge
Stephen Spainhour-Roth, Lighting Designer
Kaylee Smith, Lighting Designer
Cindy Flanders, Costume Designer
Natalie Wells, Assistant Stage Manager
Camille Monae, Intimacy Coach
On November 21, 1963, three young Marines set out for a final night of debauchery, partying and even a little trouble on the eve of their deployment to Southeast Asia. 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 compassion. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film of the same name, Dogfight was originally produced Off-Broadway in 2012. It features music/lyrics by the Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award-winning duo known as Pasek & Paul, who are now known for writing Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and the lyrics to La La Land.
The musical contains sexual content, strong language as well as violence and is recommended for audiences ages 16 and up. Teenagers, young adults, and parents will enjoy a more serious and mature musical that is intimate, thought-provoking, and inspiring.
About those tickets…
Tickets are $15.75 online or $20 at the door. Call 678.494.4251 or visit woodstockarts.org for more information and to purchase tickets.