We Happy Few productions, named by a DCist as one of a Best Small Theatre Companies of 2015, will move a masterpiece from a Spanish Golden Age to life this fall: Lope De Vega’s THE DOG IN THE MANGER.
In classical We Happy Few style, a prolongation will concentration on actor-driven theatricality. A expel of 7 will execute some-more than fifteen characters in a laser-focused 90-minute cut of a play, highlighting a conflict between a countess and her lady-in-waiting as a counterpart for a undone quarrel that women find themselves fighting in matters of energy and marriage.
THE DOG IN THE MANGER runs Nov 8 – Dec 2 during Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.
“If she can’t eat, nobody will.”
Diana, Countess of Belfor, has abandoned all advances from suitors volleying for her palm in marriage. When her secretary, Teodoro, expresses his adore for her lady-in-waiting, Marcela, Diana finds herself consumed with jealousy – and, to her surprise, in adore with Teodoro. The dual women launch into an heated conflict of class, wealth, and a common negligence for a desires of others as they quarrel for Teodoro’s affections. Lope De Vega’s comedy enlightens many about a benefaction era, as we watch a salary gap, gender, race, and lavishness lower a divides in a horizon of a American people. A humorous though judicious hearing of privilege, THE DOG IN THE MANGER leaves us asking, “If we lifted my voice, would any of this change?”
Hannah Todd (HAMLET, ROMEO JULIET, THE WINTER’S TALE) and Bridget Grace Sheaff (A MIDNIGHT DREARY) proceed a expel of 7 actors in THE DOG IN THE MANGER. The expel includes WHF Artistic Director Raven Bonniwell (HENRY V, CHALK, ROMEO JULIET), Tori Boutin (SHE KILLS MONSTERS:
Rorschach Theatre), Debora Crabbe (WOMEN OF PLUMS: DCCAH), Natalie Cutcher (THE MERCHANT OF VENICE: Faction of Fools), Louis E. Davis (WORD BECOMES FLESH: Theater Alliance), Kiernan McGowan (HENRY V, THE WINTER’S TALE, ROMEO JULIET), and Charlie Retzlaff (DON JUAN: Faction of Fools).
Founded in 2012 by Hannah Todd and Raven Bonniwell, We Happy Few is committed to presenting productions that offer a singular viewpoint on classical texts. We Happy Few has determined itself as one of Washington D.C.’s best tiny entertainment companies (the DCist, 2015) by nurturing a artistic sourroundings that thrives on garb collaborations with some of a nation’s many earnest rising entertainment artists.
WHF’s flagship prolongation of a 6 actor, 90-minute HAMLET premiered during a 2012 Capital Fringe Festival to good acclaim, exploring a thought that a whole play unfolded in a pretension character’s mind. WHF’s prolongation of HENRY V final open was hailed as “a fascinating, resonant, and critical new take on a famous work” (Broadway World). DC Metro Theater Arts announced that We Happy Few’s work is “a new proceed to Shakespeare we will not wish to miss.”
THE DOG IN THE MANGER is presented during a Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St SE) located in a Eastern Market neighborhood, Washington, DC. Performances are Nov 8 – Dec 2: Wednesday by Saturday during 7:30, with dual pay-what-you-can Saturday matinees on Nov 18 and 25 during 2pm and one attention night on Monday, Nov 13 during 7:30. Opening night is Friday, Nov 10 and Press Night is Nov 11. Nov 8 and 9 are pay-what-you-can previews. Tickets are accessible during whfdoginthemanger.bpt.me or related by a We Happy Few website, www.wehappyfewdc.com.
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