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  • Kathleen Chaflant To Star In 'Red Dog Howls' At El Portal


    Broadway World
    March 31 2008

    Kathleen Chalfant, one of the theater's most celebrated actors, will
    star in the World Premiere of Alexander Dinelaris' searing new play,
    Red Dog Howls at the El Portal Theatre for a strictly limited five
    week engagement from May 14 to June 13. The press opening is May
    19th. Red Dog Howls also stars Matthew Rauch and Darcie Siciliano,
    and is directed by Michael Peretzian. "Red Dog Howls" is produced by
    Gang of Five-New York.

    Chalfant is well known to New York audiences and worldwide for her
    portrayal of Vivian Bearing in the off-Broadway, Los Angeles and London
    productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit. For her performance,
    Ms. Chalfant received the Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award,
    Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, LA Ovation Award,
    Connecticut Critics Circle Award, as well as her second Obie Award.

    Playwright Alexander Dinelaris was nominated for two Drama Desk awards
    in 2003 for his work on the book and lyrics for the Off-Broadway hit
    "Zanna Don't." Currently, he is working on writing the screenplay
    for the next film by producer director Alejandro Gonzalez-Iñarritu,
    Academy Award nominee for "Babel" and producer of "21 Grams".

    Matthew Rauch was seen on Broadway in Prelude to a Kiss and
    Proposals. The sets are by Tom Buderwitz and costumes by Bobby Pearce,
    with lighting design by Michael Gilliam and original music composed
    and performed by Ara Dabandjian.

    Set in present day New York, Red Dog Howls deals frankly with the
    terrible legacy of the Armenian genocide, and brings to light the
    human toll of one of the darkest chapters of world history.

    It tells the story of Michael Kiriakos, a young man who is forced to
    confront his family's most terrible secret, in order for him to move
    forward with his own life. After his father dies, he discovers a box
    of letters from his grandmother Rose, whom his father had told him was
    long dead. Michael finds her, and as they establish a relationship,
    Rose begins reveals the truth about Michael's family: that he is
    Armenian, not Greek, and that his family, like many Armenians, was
    destroyed by the Turks in the early part of the century.

    As they become closer, Michael's wife's pregnancy advances and events
    begin to collide. The play climaxes when Rose tells him the final
    secret, a dark sacrifice that has cursed the family ever since. Once
    he learns the truth, Michael realizes he must summon all his strength
    to end the curse once and for all.

    Tickets for "Red Dog Howls" are available online at
    or and by phone at (818) 508-4200. For group
    sales please call (818) 508-4200. The El Portal Theatre is at 5269
    North Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.

    In addition to her award winning turn in "Wit," Kathleen Chalfant was
    also acclaimed for her Tony-nominated performance as Hannah Pitt in
    Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" on Broadway. As familiar a face in
    film as in the theatre, Ms. Chalfant can also be seen in the feature
    films "A Perfect Stranger" opposite Halle Berry and Bruce Willis,
    "The Last New Yorker," "Kinsey," "Lackwanna Blues," "Dark Water,"
    "Random Hearts," Boaz Yakin's "A Price Below Rubies," Whit Stillman's
    "The Last Days of Disco," "Side Streets," "Company Men," and "The

    She co-starred in the NBC series "The Book of Daniel" and has
    appeared on the small screen in the CBS drama "The Guardian," HBO's
    "The Laramie Project," The Stephen King mini-series "Storm of the
    Century"; "Voices from the White House" (PBS), "A Death in the Family"
    (American Masterpiece Theatre/PBS), with recurring roles on the
    critically acclaimed "Prince Street" and "One Life to Live"; and
    guest spots on "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,"
    "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Spin City" and "New York Undercover."

    In 1996, she made her Shakespearean debut in the Public Theater's
    "Henry V," where her Mistress Quickly garnered her a 1996 Calloway
    Award for Best Classical Performance of the Year.

    Ms. Chalfant most recently appeared Off-Broadway in "Dead Man's Cell
    Phone" at Playwrights Horizons opposite Mary-Louise Parker. Some of
    her other stage credits include "Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell,"
    "Great Expectations," "Guantanamo," "5 By Tenn" at the Kennedy Center
    and Manhattan Theatre Club, "The Last Letter" with TFNA, "Far Away"
    at New York Theatre Workshop, "Bloomer Girl" at City Center Encores!,
    "The Vagina Monologues" at the West Side Arts Theater in New York
    and the San Francisco production, "The Last Letter" at Theatre for a
    New Audience, "Savannah Bay" at Classic Stage Company, "True History
    and Real Adventures" at the Vineyard Theatre, "Nine Armenians" at the
    Manhattan Theatre Club; the premiere of David Hare's new play "Racing
    Demon" at Lincoln Center; "Twelve Dreams", directed by James Lapine;
    "M. Butterfly" opposite John Lithgow; "The Crucible" as Anne Putnam,
    "Sister Mary Ignatius..." and "The Party."

    Matthew Rauch, who costars as Michael, appeared on Broadway in
    "Prelude to a Kiss," and "Proposals." Off-Broadway credits include
    "Edward the Second" (Red Bull), "1001" (Page 73), "Expats" (New
    Group), "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (New Group), "In the Matter of
    J. Robert Oppenheimer" (Keen Company), "Revenger's Tragedy" (Red Bull),
    "Hurlyburly" (New Group), and "Book of Days" (Signature Theatre).

    His regional credits include "The Front Page" (Williamstown),
    "Modern Orthodox" (Long Wharf), "The Miser" (Arena Stage), "Henry V"
    and "Macbeth" (Shakespeare Theatre), "Arcadia" and "Ghosts" (Repertory
    Theatre of St. Louis), "The Brothers Karamazov" (Cincinnati Playhouse),
    "Book of Days" (Hartford Stage), "Black Snow," "Cakewalk" and "The
    LA Plays" (American Repertory Theatre), "Othello" (Philadelphia
    Drama Guild).

    Matthew has appeared on television in "Without a Trace," "Criminal
    Intent," "Jonny Zero," "Navy NCIS," "Leap of Faith," "The DA,"
    "Law & Order," and the pilot of "Metropolis," and on film in "No
    Reservations," "Order of Redemption," "Invitation to a Suicide,"
    "Frankenfish," "Future Imperfect," and "Balkanization."

    Darcie Siciliano, who plays Gabriella, performed the role in New
    York at the premiere reading of "Red Dog Howls" in June 2007. Other
    New York credits include: "Chaos Theories" (Resistance/Shotgun);
    "Caseload"; "Soundtrack To Cezanne"(WorkShop Theatre Co.); "Big Kids"
    (Shotgun); multiple appearances with The A-Train Musicals (Playwright
    Horizons, Kaye Playhouse, New World Stages, et al), Women's Project,
    and Metropolitan Playhouse. She starred as Carrie Ann, alongside
    Danny Aiello, in many readings of Dinelaris' STILL LIFE; and she
    also acted as a line coach for the Broadway production of MATCH,
    directed by Nicholas Martin.

    Regional credits include the East Coast premieres of both Michael
    Weller's "Help!" (Schoolhouse Theatre) and "Don't Hug Me" (New Jersey
    Rep); "First In Flight" (TheatreWorks/USA); "All's Well That Ends
    Well" (Vineyard Playhouse); Joan of Arc in "Joan" (Northeastern
    Theatre); "Sorrows and Rejoicings" (New Day Rep); "Lady of Copper"
    (TheatreGarden Ltd); "Christmas Carol" (Westport Acting Co.); "Months
    On End" (Bay Street Theatre). In addition to her musical theater
    credits, she has performed as a singer in New York at Joe's Pub,
    the Zipper, Danny's, the Knitting Factory, Southpaw, and at Guild
    Hall in East Hampton. Darcie is a graduate of Connecticut College
    and the Neighborhood Playhouse.

    In addition to "Zanna Don't," and his work with Alejandro
    Gonzalez-Iñarritu, playwright Alexander Dinelaris wrote the play
    "The Chaos Theories," which was the hit of the 2004 New York Fringe
    Festival, and chosen as a top pick of the Festival by the New York
    Times and Daily News. It was re-mounted and played to sold-out
    audiences last year.

    At present, he has two plays optioned for Broadway -- "Folding The
    Monster" (with Academy Award nominee Danny Aiello) and "Still Life,"
    slated for fall of 2008. His other works include "Big Kids," "Adam &
    Evelyn," and "Pathetique." He has been a script doctor for New Line
    Cinema and recently finished work on "Crisis Center: NYC," his first
    television pilot, and he is also developing a television drama with
    Warren Littlefield and The Littlefield Co.

    Michael Peretzian directed "Phil and Mac" by David Briggs for Los
    Angeles Actors' Theatre, the West Coast Premiere of "Talking With"
    by Jane Martin for the Mark Taper Forum Taper Too, a staged reading
    of Truman Capote's "One Christmas" for the Taper, and "A Christmas
    Memory," broadcast for many years on KCRW FM (NPR). He also staged
    "A Christmas Memory" for Pacific Resident Theatre. At Theatre 40,
    he directed productions of Michael Cristofer's "The Shadow Box,"
    James Prideaux's "The Orphans," Garry Williams' one act "Rain,"
    David Storey's "Home," and productions of Hugh Leonard's "Summer" and
    "A Life," the latter of which won Peretzian the Los Angeles Critics'
    Award for Best Director.

    The El Portal Theater is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North
    Hollwywood CA.