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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

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.

JAMES PARKS (Barnaby) is thrilled to be part of The Pound: A Musical for Dogs! Most recently, James was seen in Grand Theft Musical at Theater for the New City. In NYC, James is sought after for collaborating on new musicals and demo recordings. Recent new works include Missing Gemini, Bradley Cole, and r/Evolution. James has performed in numerous regional theaters, a national tour and voiced numerous characters in EnglishCrayon, a Korean educational program that teaches English through story, song, and dance. Thank you for supporting live theater! Quack! MM: NYU Steinhardt; BM: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins.www.thejamesparks.com

 

ELIZABETH DOYLE (Billie) is thrilled to be performing as part of Sound Bites 4.0! NYC: Psycho Beach Party (Marvel Ann) with Piper Theatre Productions; On the Rocks at the Strawberry Theatre Festival. Favorite Regional: Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), The Full Monty (Estelle), Into the Woods (Rapunzel/Cinderella’s Mother) at Weathervane Theatre; South Pacific (Nellie) at La Comedia; Urinetown (Hope), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) at Cohoes Music Hall; NY Regional Premiere of Dogfight at WPPAC. Big thanks to Imagined Theatre, TNNY, the cast and crew, and my wonderful family! www.elizabeth-doyle.com

 

RICHARD RICE ALAN (Fido) is thrilled to making his debut with the company. Other Theatrical credits include: Putting It Together,  El Gallo – The Fantastics,  John Dickinson - 1776, Drake - Annie (California Music Circus),Dracula – Dracula, Emile de Becque - South Pacific, Charles - Blithe Spirit,  Serge - Art, Nick Arnstein – Funny Girl, Mr. Manningham – Angel Street at Surflight Theatre. World Premier – Phantom (Theatre Under The Stars), ;  Donald – The Panacea. FILM- Terminus, Mercy; Abscond Valley Cabaret and concerts. As always love to Frances, his mom.

 

SARA LAFLAMME (Fluffy) is thrilled to join this whimsical production! Originally from Massachusetts, Sara graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre from the University of New Hampshire and has been working regionally along the east coast ever since. Credits include Clara - Light in the Piazza (Beatrice Herford Vokes Theatre), Kim - Miss Saigon (Encore Rep), Tuptim (u/s) - The King and I (Weathervane Theatre), Liat - South Pacific (Seacoast Repertory Theatre), Amber (u/s) - Hairspray (Florida Studio Theatre), Pocahontas - The True Story of Pocahontas (Virginia Rep), and Kim - Irving Berlin’s Land That I Love (Inside Broadway). www.saralaflamme.com

 

KATELYN LAURIA (Laura) is beyond excited to join her fellow cast mates in THE POUND. Her previous credits include – Off-Broadway: Piggy Nation: The Musical; Regional - The Days of 98 Show (Belle Davenport), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Oklahoma (Gertie Cummings), Spring Awakening (Frau Bessell), and Evita (Eva). She would like to thank her family and friends for their support, and Phil Darg and Julie Ana Rayne for this opportunity! Woof!

CONNOR BEZEREDI (Lucky) is a singing actor who recently moved to the city from a small town in Ohio where he earned a BFA degree in musical theater from Youngstown State University. Favorite roles include Mitch - Spelling Bee, Sheriff - The Spitfire Grill, Willard - Footloose, and Leonid - The Cherry Orchard among many others. Since his arrival in November, he has been blessed with some wonderful performance opportunities in cabarets and most recently as a singing server at an incredible restaurant in NYC called Sushi Roxx. He is very excited and grateful to be involved with this project and can't wait to share it with you!

 

SUSAN COHEN DESTEFANO (Madam) most recently appeared as Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act [White Plains PAC] and Lady Beaconsfield in Jekyll & Hyde [Sponge Theatricals NYC]. Favorite roles include the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Widow Paroo in The Music Man, Nettie in Carousel, and Hannah Armstrong in The Spoon River Project. She also works as a Reform Jewish cantor, and plays, sings and dances to Balkan music. Hercules, Sadie, Oliver and Moose – this one’s for you. www.susancohendestefano.com

 

CHANDLER CONVERSE (Pal) has been fortunate to be a part of over 20 professional stage productions and national tours including Disney's High School Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Sound of Music. Recipient of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion, Chandler has addressed the United States Congress, national summits, and network broadcast audiences to champion healthier lifestyles for American students. Chandler currently lives in New York where she is a teaching artist.

 

CHAD ANTHONY MILLER (Shep) is a West Texas native. His comedy projects have appeared on Huffington Post, College Humor, and Funny Or Die. Selected film: An Ordinary Family, The Escort. TV: Criminal Minds, General Hospital, 30 Rock. Web series: Ponies! Live On Broadway (also co-producer), Counseling Crazy. Theatre: The Christians (Playwrights Horizons); Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical (Coeurage Theatre Company), Blogologues, Wild Blue (Hyper Aware Theatre Company). Improv/sketch training: Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings. He is developing a tv pilot PHYLLIS based on life with his West Texas mom. Follow his chadventures at: www.thechadanthonymiller.com

 

DONOVAN MENDELOVITZ (Slinky) is thrilled to be performing in the Sound Bites 4.0 Festival with this buncha mutts. Having recently played a worm and a mouse since graduating from Tisch at NYU, he is very excited to be moving up in the food chain to canine. Credits include: 1001 Nights (Atlantic), West Side Story (STONC), and PITS: The Unauthorized Holes Musical (The PIT). Many thanks to Jules, Phil, and the whole Pound team.

 

LAURA DANIEL (Woman) winner of the NYMF Award for Outstanding Performance in The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun. OFF BROADWAY & NY: Hell's Belles, Do Re Mi, Kaboom! (Cherry Lane), Sasquatched the Musical (NYMF), Steel Magnolias @SGTNYC, Johnny On a Spot (Peccadillo), JAWS the Musical, Pageant Princess. REGIONAL: Educating Rita (Inland Theatre League Award), Little Shop of Horrors, Lucky Stiff,Mame. FILM/TV: Sincerely Yours (NYU Craft Award), EveryDay, Laundry, TickTock, Trending, The Mike Jones Show and 39 and ½. She can be heard as the wicked Sophie Teale in the international recording of Roberta (Amazon). www.lauradaniel.net

 

HANNAH FORSLEY (Yappy) is excited to be a part of The Pound! She was most recently seen on the national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  She is a graduate of Pace University where she studied Musical Theater. Thanks to everyone involved for the chance to play Yappy!

SINAI TABAK (Music Director) - Regional credits: Guys and Dolls, Josephine, Luck Be a Lady (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center), Bells Are Ringing (Berkshire Theater Festival), The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Justin Guarini’s Lovesick (Bucks County Playhouse). Off-Broadway: Stars of David (DR2 Theater), and workshops of The Total Bent (Public Theater), American Psycho, Murder at the Gates, and The Single Girls Guide (DTC). Film: Hello Again. Sinai received a degree in Music Composition from NYU.

 

 

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