The University of Utah’s Department of Theatre opens the spring season with Dogfight, a romantic and witty musical adaptation of the 1991 movie with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical in 2013, Dogfight is directed and choreographed by Denny Berry.
The play is set on November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery and partying. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace (Jesse Klick) meets Rose (Liz Terry), an awkward waitress he volunteers to win a brutal bet with his fellow recruits. “Dogfight is the story of the timeless tragedy of the effects of war on youth. Beyond that, it’s also the story of how one young woman’s sense of self awakens the power of compassion in a young man,” says Berry.
The production stars undergraduate theatre students including Javier Flores as “Bernstein”, Sky Kawai as “Boland,” Mikki Reeve as “Marcy”; and Professor Sarah Shippobotham as “Mama.” The production incorporates a vividly large and dynamic set designed by instructor Thomas George with a live band conducted by instructor Alex Marshall. The production runs February 16-25 in Babcock Theatre, 330 S. 1500 E. There will be a post-performance discussion with the cast and creative team on February 10 and a panel discussion with U of U faculty members on February 17.
Speckled with comedy, love, and tragedy, Dogfight will take its audience on a heart breaking and powerful journey that changes even the strongest soldiers.
Dates and Times: February 3-5, 9-12, and 16-19 at 7:30pm.
Matinees: February 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 2:00pm.
Post-Performance Discussions: Panel Discussion: February 10, 2017.
Post-show Discussion: February 10, 2017.
Location: The Babcock Theatre, located at 300 South and University Street (1400 East) in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, lower level. Free parking is available to the south of the theatre and at Rice Eccles Stadium.
Tickets: General Admission tickets are $18, University of Utah faculty and staff are $15, University of Utah students are free with UCard and all other students with valid student ID are $8.50. Tickets can be obtained by calling 801-581-7100, online or at the Performing Arts Box Office, located at Kingsbury Hall.
( Content warning: Recommended for patron ages 14 and up. Mature audiences only. )