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.


Chad Allen and Jeremy Jordan

Chad Allen and Jeremy Jordan

Chad 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.


Chad Allen starring in Hartford TheaterWorks’ production of “The Little Dog Laughed.”

Photos by Lanny Nagler taken at Hartford 21.


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 2008.


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 information, visit 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.

Additional Press

  • Hartford Advocate
  • Hartford Courant

  • Fox 61 (includes a video interview)

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