The Little Dog Laughed
January 25 - March 16, 2008
Hilarious Hollywood Comedy
The Little Dog Laughed
At TheaterWorks in Downtown Hartford
Cast Features Television, Film and Theater Star Chad Allen
TheaterWorks, Hartford's home for contemporary theater, announced today
their upcoming production of the hilarious Tony-nominated comedy The
Little Dog Laughed, with a cast that features television, film and theater
actor Chad Allen, Broadway star Candy Buckley, and two exciting newcomers,
Jeremy Jordan and Amanda Perez. Mr. Allen, having appeared as a series
regular on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Our House, My Two Dads and St.
Elsewhere as well as the Donald Strachey Mysteries films on Here! TV, is
ideally suited to join the cast of Douglas Carter Beane's sexy hit play.
The production runs January 25 through March 9, 2008 at the TheaterWorks'
chic underground venue in downtown Hartford. Audiences should note that
the production contains nudity and strong language.
The Little Dog Laughed, a lacerating look at Hollywood morality, had New
York audiences in stitches last season when it debuted Off-Broadway to
sold out houses, quickly moving to Broadway and scoring a Tony Award
nomination for Best New Play. A barracuda in high heels, über-agent Diane
(Candy Buckley) is out to land her client Mitchell (Chad Allen) the movie
role of a lifetime by any means necessary. When Mitchell starts to fall
for a male escort (Jeremy Jordan) with a girlfriend (Amanda Perez),
Diane's plans may unravel. Can she keep Mitchell in the closet long enough
to land this make-or-break career move? The Connecticut premiere of The
Little Dog Laughed will be directed by Rob Ruggiero.
Allen and Jeremy Jordan
Allen and Jeremy Jordan
Allen and Candy Buckley
in Hartford TheaterWorks'
production of "The Little Dog Laughed."
Photos by Lanny Nagler
taken at Hartford 21.
Chad Allen received his first big break on television's St. Elsewhere in
the role of Tommy, the autistic son of Dr. Westphall. He was prominently
featured in the final minutes of the controversial series finale, one of
the most watched and discussed moments in TV history. He worked on a
succession of popular television series as a regular on Our House and My
Two Dads, and the hit television series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, which
ran on CBS for six seasons. In 1995, he co-founded the Creative Outlet
theater company in Los Angeles and starred in their first production,
Biloxi Blues. He appeared in the Los Angeles production of Change at
Babylon and in Temporary Help in Westport, CT, Seattle, and Off-Broadway
at the Revelation Theatre. He produced and starred in the L.A. premiere of
Paul Rudnick's Corpus Christi. He has appeared in the independent films
End of the Spear, Downtown: A Street Tale, Do You Wanna Know a Secret,
Paris, What Matters Most and Getting Out (Best Supporting Actor Award, NY
Independent Film Festival). He has starred as the title character in the
Donald Strachey Mysteries, a gay detective serial, in two made-for-TV
movies for Here! TV. He recently formed his own production company,
Mythgarden, and released their critically-acclaimed 2007 film Save Me,
which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was awarded Best Feature
at the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Candy Buckley is making her TheaterWorks debut. Her Broadway credits
include appearances in After the Fall, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret,
and Ring 'Round the Moon. She has been seen Off-Broadway in Shockheaded
Peter, Valhalla, Defying Gravity (Princess Grace Award), The Petrified
Prince (Drama Desk nomination), Bernarda Alba, Mimi Le Duck, Communicating
Doors, Wise Guys, View of the Dome, Funnyhouse of a Negro, and Charles
Busch's The Lady in Question. She has been a member of the American
Repertory Theatre's acting company for four years and at Dallas Theater
Center for eleven years. Other regional credits include Arena Stage (Helen
Hayes Award nomination), Yale Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, National
Theatre, and The Alliance, among others. She can be seen in the recent
films Home and Sweet Kandy.
The cast includes two exciting newcomers - Jeremy Jordan and Amanda Perez.
Mr. Jordan is a 2007 graduate of Ithaca College's Performance Studies,
where he appeared in the world premiere of The Count of Monte Christo. He
recently participated in two high-profile readings in New York for the
Roundabout Theatre Company and the Vineyard Theatre. He has also appeared
at the Firehouse Theatre Project, Galveston Island Musicals, Underground
Theatre Project, and was the lead male vocalist in the world premiere
production of Kinetix at the Royal Palace Theatre. Ms. Perez is a recent
graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she focused
on Dramatic Performance. Previously, she was educated at the LaGuardia
High School of Performing Arts in New York City.
Playwright Douglas Carter Beane is currently represented on Broadway with
his book of the sleeper hit musical Xanadu. His Broadway play The Little
Dog Laughed received the GLAAD media award for Best Play, and was also
nominated for a Tony for Best New Play. His other works include As Bees In
Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Music From A
Sparkling Planet and The Country Club. He wrote the screenplay for the
film adaptation of his play Advice From A Caterpillar, which won Aspen
Comedy Festival's best feature. His film To Wong Foo, Thanks for
Everything, Julie Newmar was produced by Steven Spielberg, was the number
one film in America for a month and is now a television favorite. The Big
Time, Beane's first musical, received rave reviews last year and his next
musical, a stage adaptation of the film The Bandwagon is slated to open on
Broadway later this season. His new play, Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost, Too
will open next season in New York and he is currently developing a
television series for producer Lorne Michaels.
Director Rob Ruggiero has directed dozens of productions at TheaterWorks
including the recent Driving Miss Daisy and the highly successful Ella,
which he both conceived and developed at TheaterWorks. Ella has been or
will be seen at many regional theater stages around the country from
2006-2008 including Arizona Theatre Company, The Cleveland Playhouse ,
Florida Stage, Asolo Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Arena
Stage, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas
Theater Center and the Northlight Theater in Chicago. Last year Rob also
conceived and developed a musical review based on the work of William Finn
(Falsettos/25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) entitled Make Me A
Song, which is currently receiving its New York Premiere Off-Broadway at
New World Stages. This production won him his second Connecticut Critics
Circle Award, this time for Best Director of a Musical. He is also the
recipient of two Kevin Kline Awards, for Best Director of a Musical (Urinetown)
and Best Director of a Play (Take Me Out). Rob made his directing debut at
Goodspeed Musicals with 1776 and will direct Big River for the company in
Production designs for The Little Dog Laughed will be provided by Adrian
W. Jones (set), David R. Zyla (costumes), Thomas Dunn (lighting) and
Zachary Williamson (sound).
The Little Dog Laughed runs at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street in downtown
Hartford, from January 25th through March 9th, 2008. Tickets are $37 for
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and
Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for Friday and Saturday evenings at 8
p.m. are $47. Seating is general admission. Center Reserved seating is
available at an additional charge of $11 per ticket. Tickets can be
reserved by calling (860) 527-7838. For more schedule and production
www.theaterworkshartford.org. Complimentary tickets for residents of
downtown Hartford are available for selected performances, courtesy of
United Technologies. Call the Box Office for details. $11 student rush
tickets are sold at curtain (subject to availability). Group rates for
parties of eleven or more receive discounted rates. Call (860) 527-7838
for more information.
TheaterWorks' 2007-2008 Season is sponsored by Aetna, with additional
support provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Connecticut
Commission on Culture and Tourism.
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