Crazy for the Dog

Crazy for the Dog
Written by: Christopher Boal
Directed by: Eric Parness

Presented by Rachel Reiner Productions LLC
in association with Jean Cocteau Repertory

July 11 - August 26, 2007

Bouwerie Lane Theatre
330 Bowery, New York, New York

Set Design: Matthew Allar
Costume Design: Sidney Shannon
Lighting Design: Pamela Kupper
Sound Design: Nick Moore
Stage Manager: Amy Henault
Public Relations: Sam Rudy Media Relations

Photo by Ben Coopersmith

"Mr. Boal demonstrates a deft dramatic hand and comfort with this
uniquely American genre of tortured family truth-telling. accomplished and often effective dissection of contemporary family dynamics."

–The New York Times

"Director Eric Parness and his able cast oblige Boal with a taut and vigorous production. ...a tight and effective psychological drama."
–The Village Voice

"Christopher Boal's brilliantly witty play has soulful depth and rich characters
and a moving story, a combination that I wish I saw much more of in
contemporary drama. Jean Cocteau Rep's soulful production of
Crazy for the Dog
made me crazy for this show and I highly recommend it to all!"


CRAZY FOR THE DOG is a twisting, turning new dark comedy that exposes one family's deepest secret, a secret that binds together two siblings even as it threatens to destroy them. Racing through a lifetime of lies and pent-up blame, they cross New York to save not only a defenseless dog, but also their troubled relationship.


Photo by Rachel Reiner

Chris Boal is the creator and author of The Continuing Adventures of Dick Danger, a late-night comedy/adventure serial which ran for two and a half years in New York. A successful limited revival of the show recently bowed at the Cocteau, produced by Moonwork. Chris' short film Walking Charley is the winner of two Aurora Awards and has been featured in a number of prominent film festivals. Chris is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and a former member of Curt Demptster's playwrights lab at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Eric Parness is the Artistic Director of Resonance Ensemble where he has directed productions of Sophocles' "Antigone", Gorky's "The Lower Depths", and world premiere productions of "Strange Bedfellows" by Bruce Cohen and "La Tempestad" by Larry Loebell. Other directing credits include world premieres of "Fit to Kill" (Theatre Row), "Kryptonite City" (Hypothetical Theatre Company), and "Finding Louise" (Oberon Theatre Ensemble), as well as revivals of "Measure for Measure", "Blood Wedding", and "Of Mice and Men."

Patrick Melville (Paul) Patrick just finished working as an understudy for the Pearl Theatre Company’s production of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart. During that run, he performed the role of George Talbot four times. On television and film Patrick has appeared on Law & Order (Steve), All My Children, As The World Turns, and in Whitney Hamilton’s My Brother’s War (Lucius Walker). Other New York theatre work includes the premiere of Larry Loebell’s La Tempestad and the New York premieres of Charles Mee’s Time to Burn and Victor L. Cahn’s Fit to Kill, as well as The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Cockfighters (CD Fowler), Of Mice and Men (Carlson), Arms and the Man (Sergius Saranoff), Blood Wedding (The Moon), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), The Winter’s Tale (Polixenes), Twelfth Night (Orsino), and As You Like It (Jaques).

Wrenn Schmidt (Jenny) Wrenn is an actress and playwright from Columbia, South Carolina. Selected acting credits include the title role in Pogo & Evie: A Zydeco Musical currently running at Jacques-Imo's Theater, Dog Day Afternoon, Heaven, Free Will and Wanton Lust, Trojan Women, Mud, Richard III, The Children's Hour, Romeo and Juliet and numerous student films in Dallas and New York. She is a member of Unbound, a New York City playwrights' group dedicated to the development of new work for the American theatre and a sometimes stilt-walker with Bond Street Theatre. Wrenn graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Theatre and a BA in History.

Ryan C. Tramont (Kevin) New York: Well Laid Desert, Cymbeline, Othello, Ursa Minor, Stray Cats, Richard II (w/ Austin Pendleton), The Winter's Tale. Regional: Total Eclipse, Noises Off!, Romeo and Juliet, Mass Appeal, Ghosts, subUrbia, Hurlyburly. Thanks to Chris and Eric for their trust and faith. Special thanks as always go out to K.S., A.P., and B.M. for their continual support and guidance.

Christine Verleny (Sarah) After unpacking her suitcase years ago, Christine embarked on a journey that has included Esper, EST, Curt Dempster, Weird Sisters, the Berlin Film Festival, Fred Kareman, 3 months as a life size cardboard cutout in a bank lobby, too many one-acts and original works to count and the thrill of working with so many amazing actors, esigners, directors, stage managers and producers. Career highlights: Hermione "The Winter's Tale," Ruth - "The Norman Conquests," Venus Envy - "Famous for Fifteen Years," and Amelia - "Wormhole." Thank you Catfish, Eric and Rachel for always coming back for more. Enjoy the show!