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

About Dogfight

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

Content Notice

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.

About Sally Henry Fuller

A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people's stories, Sally Henry Fuller is a performing arts journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Josh Gad, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has also been featured on BroadwayWorld.com, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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