New Jersey premiere tonight (Jan. 21, 2011) of The Little Dog Laughed at The Bickford. We’ll be there to review the latest in Hollywood themed productions from Bickford Artistic Director Eric Hafen.
One of the leads is Liz Zazzi, a local Jersey girl. She last appeared in the terrific Centenary Stage production of “Prisoner of Second Avenue.” (A link to the review is below).
Here is the Bickford’s press release;
The Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, continues its 16th Season of “Stage & Screen” with the New Jersey Premiere of The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane. ThisTony Award–winner runs January 20 (Official Opening date is the 21st) through February 13 and answers the age-old question: “Will the stars ‘come out’ in Hollywood!”
Rising film star, Mitchell Green, is every girl’s fantasy and soon to become a household name, thanks to his devilish agent Diane, who excels at navigating the choppy waters of Hollywood. With Mitchell on the brink of superstardom, Diane encounters one teensy weensy obstacle–she can’t seem to stop her leading man from coming out of the closet! With Mitchell spending days and nights with his new ‘friend’ Alex, and Alex’s beautiful girlfriend Ellen (yes, girlfriend!) causing a drama of her own, what lengths will Mitchell go to play the part? And will there be a Hollywood ending when the final credits role? Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony Award-winning comedy hilariously satirizes the superficial world of show business and the game playing of the movie industry. A naughty comedy about a dirty business!
The Little Dog Laughed stars Liz Zazzi as Diane, Mark Irish as Mitchell, Scott Tyler as Alex, and Cynthia Fernandez as Ellen.
Liz Zazzi is thrilled to return to the Bickford Theatre, where audiences will surely remember her from Almost Maine, Dead Certain, and Communicating Doors. She’s worked extensively in NJ, notably Prisoner of Second Avenue at Centenary Stage, Cupid & Psyche, Sick, Women Who Steal, Love & Murder, The Adjustment (Best Actress, Star-Ledger), Naked By The River, and Girl with the High Rouge at NJ Rep, First Light Home, Italian American Reconciliation, Red Herring, Brothers Karamazov at 12 Miles West, Memory of Water, Fast Girls, Don’t Dress For Dinner at What Exit?, and Pterodactyls (Best Actress, Star-Ledger), Skin of Our Teeth, and Music From A Sparkling Planet at Theatre Project. For “10 Solid Years of Solid Acting” Peter Filichia (Star-Ledger) awarded Liz a “NJ Obie” in 2009.
Mark Irish is very happy to be making his Bickford Theatre debut! He most recently appeared at Cape May Stage Co. in southern New Jersey in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare …Abridged. Other recent credits include Jim Reston in Frost/Nixon, at Arkansas Rep, Tom in Dinner With Friends at the Springfield Contemporary Theatre in Missouri, John Proctor in The Crucible and Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer in rep at the New Harmony Theatre in IN, and Lord Edgar/Jane in Irma Vep at the Horse Barn Theatre in WY. Mark is a graduate of Dartmouth College and an alumnus of the National Theatre Institute. Mark has appeared on all the NY based soaps and worked on numerous films including Regarding Henry and the recently released feature Girl in the Park with Sigourney Weaver. Mark played Dr. Rodney on the premiere season of Nurse Jackie, the Showtime series starring Edie Falco.
Scott Tyler makes his debut at the Bickford Theater. Born and raised in New Jersey, Scott received a B.A. in Theater Arts from Drew University while also graduating from the Papermill Playhouse Conservatory in Millburn, NJ. He has toured with the George Street Playhouse, Shoestring Players and is a member of the Local Artists Network through Two River Theatre Company. He was most recently seen in Two River Theatre Company’s production of Opus. Credits include Capture the Flag (New York Theatre Experiment), Love Song (Alliance Rep.), Boy’s Life (Alliance Rep.), A Few Good Men (Villagers), Burn This (The Company), Barefoot in the Park (Two River Theatre Company/Understudy), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Two River Theatre Company/Understudy) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Jersey Arts Incubator).
Cynthia Fernandez is proud to be making her Bickford Theater debut with The Little Dog Laughed. Cindy is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts. She recently toured the nation as a teaching artist with Camp Broadway. Her favorite past credits include Sweet Charity (Nikki), Once In A Lifetime (May), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), and The Matchmaker (Minnie Fay).
Bickford Theatre Artistic Director Eric Hafen directs, with Scenic Design by Jim Bazewicz, Lighting Design by Sarah Abby Hoke-Brady, Costume Design by Alysson Shapiro, Sound Design by Andy Elliot, and Props by Heather Sehrt. Yumi Matsuura serves as Stage Manager.
Main Stage Series performances for The Little Dog Laughed are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27, Thursdays at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Please note there is no performance on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Tickets are $40 General Public, $36 Seniors 65 and up, $33 Morris Museum and Theatre Guild Members, $30 Groups of 10 or more, and $20 Students 18 and under or with valid college ID.
To purchase tickets or for further information, please contact the Box Office at 973.971.3706 or visit us 24/7 at www.bickfordtheatre.org.
About The Bickford…
The Bickford Theatre (Eric Hafen, Artistic Director; Stephen Kantrowitz, Asst. Artistic Director) is a professional theatre that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, and a Jazz Showcase. The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theatres throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theatergoers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.
The Bickford Theatre is conveniently located within the Morris Museum and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-up hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prisoner of Second Avenue Review