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Dogs of Rwanda @ Urban Stages

New York Premiere of award winning playwright, Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale, Dogs of Rwanda, opens at Urban Stages.

March 13, 2018:  Urban Stages is presenting a powerful new play, Dogs of Rwanda, as the final production of their 34th season. Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale is touchingly directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano with Dan Hodge portraying  David.

Artistic Director/ Director Frances Hill, Playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, Director Peter Napolitano Dan Hodge (David Zosia)

New York Premiere of award winning playwright, Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale, Dogs of Rwanda, opens at Urban Stages.

March 13, 2018:  Urban Stages is presenting a powerful new play, Dogs of Rwanda, as the final production of their 34th season. Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale is touchingly directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano with Dan Hodge portraying  David.

16-year-old David finds himself in Uganda as a church missionary. He follows the girl of his dreams into the woods as the Rwandan genocide erupts. 20 years later and half a world away, he still can’t escape what happened and publishes a book on the events. When a note arrives reading, “There are untruths here,” David finds himself back in those woods with the boy he tried to save, in a journey towards redemption and forgiveness.

The haunting original music, composed and performed by the acclaimed African drummer, Abou Lion Diarra, brings intimacy to an engaging evening.

Cast and Creative Team

The creative team includes: Frank Oliva (Set Designer), John Salutz (Lighting Designer), Ryan Belock (Video Designer), Kim T. Sharp (Technical Director) and Jeana Caporelli, (Stage Manager).  Urban Stages staff includes Peter Napolitano (Associate Producer & Director of Musical Theatre), Antoinette Mullins (Development & Literary Director), Olga Devyatisilnaya (Company Manager/Financial Administrator), Ilanna Saltzman (Program Director), Bara Swain (Creative Consultant), Vincent Scott (School Consultant), Gillian Nolan (Social Media) and Sylvia Haber, Perpetuart (Graphic Designer).

Dogs of Rwanda is playing a limited engagement at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, through Saturday, March 31, 2018. Tickets are $35 with $15 student rush and may be purchased by OvationTix at www.urbanstages.org or by phone at 866-811-411.

Photography: Barry Gordin

Directors Frances Hill, Peter Napolitano
Director Frances Hill, Playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, Dan Hodge (David Zosia)
Musician Abou Lion Diarra, Director Peter Napolitano
Director Peter Napolitano, Dan Hodge
Director Frances Hill, Playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, Music Composer and Performer Abou Lion Diarra
Director Frances Hill, Dan Hodge
Director Frances Hill, Playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, Director Peter Napolitano
Ryan Belock (Projection Design)
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Happy Birthday Abou Lion Diarra