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The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs

The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs

 

Book, Music & Lyrics by Phil Darg and Julie Ana Rayne 

Directed by Phil Darg and Julie Ana Rayne

Music Director Sinai Tabak

It is Laura’s first day of work at Eastview Municipal Animal Shelter when she discovers her awesome talent: she can actually understand what the dogs in the shelter are saying! As she gets to know all of the dogs, it becomes clear to her that each dog has a story to tell about how they ended up there. She then strives to find a way out of the shelter for all of the dogs – even as its future is threatened by a cash-strapped city government and the dogs remain trapped in an uncaring system with an uncertain future . . .

Setting

The entire play takes place within the confines of Eastview Animal Shelter, located somewhere in a typical American community.

Cast

Woman………………………..……………………………Laura Daniel* 

Laura…………………….……………………………Katelyn Lauria 

Slinky………………………..…………………Donovan Mendelovitz 

Barnaby……………………..……………………………James Parks 

Fido………………………..………………………Richard Rice Alan* 

Billie………………………..…………………………Elizabeth Doyle

Madam………………………..………………Susan Cohen DeStefano

Yappy………….……………..…………………Hannah Grace Forsley

Pal………………………..………………………Chandler Converse

Lucky………….…………….………………………Connor Bezeredi

Fluffy…………………..……………………………Sara LaFlamme*

Shep……………………………………………Chad Anthony Miller*

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.

 

Songs 

“Meet Me Where I’m At” 

“This is the Life (For a Dog)” 

“Because I . . . Am a . . .”

 

Musicians 

Sinai Tabak (keyboard)

 

WRITERS BIOS

Phil Darg (Bookwriter/Lyricist/Composer; The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs) the author of dozens of plays/musicals and a composer (MTV; The History Channel). His Sasquatched! The Musical premiered at NYMF in 2013. In 2014, Phil also co-founded Imagined Theatre. In 2015, Phil and Julie Ana Rayne first produced their new work, The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs (nominated for 5 Minneapolis BroadwayWorld Awards; also produced in 2016 for the Minnesota Fringe Festival). In 2017, a number of his new works were produced including: ‘Til Death (Darkhorse Dramatists); We Need To Talk (Manhattan Repertory Theater), and his one-act drama, Facility, was a selection at the William Inge Theater Festival.

Julie Ana Rayne (Bookwriter/Lyricist/Composer; The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs) is the co-founder of Imagined Theatre and is a playwright, composer, and director of new plays and original musical theatre works. She was a producer of Sasquatched! The Musical at NYMF 2013 and is co-author of The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs, which was selected for TNNY’s Sound Bites 4.0. In 2017, her new play Booby Trap premiered at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Company, and her work The Walking Advisor was selected for the City Theatre of Independence Play Festival. She is a member of the Playwright’s Center and has several new works currently in development.

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