Olney Theatre Center to Celebrate Women's Voices Theater Festival with Bad Dog

Sep 11, 2015
Bad Dog

Olney Theatre Center, a Mid-Atlantic destination for extraordinary theater performance and education, continues its 2015-2016 season with the Rolling World Premiere of Jennifer Hoppe-House's Bad Dog, running September 30 - October 25, 2015 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab. Presented as a part of DC's Women's Voice Theater Festival, Bad Dog began its Rolling World Premiere at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre in April 2015.

Bad Dog is a classic American family comedy with some surprising twists and turns. After ten years clean and sober, Molly Drexler falls off the wagon and drives her Prius through her living room wall. With a hole in the house as big as the hole in their hearts, Molly's two sisters, mother, father, and wicked stepmother descend on the house for an "intervention" that doesn't play out the way anyone thought it would. Bad Dog is a sharp and poignant new comedy from one of the writers of Showtime's Nurse Jackie and Damages and the new Netflix series Grace and Frankie.

"The second golden age of television is giving voice - and work - to some of this generation's most extraordinary writers," says Jason Loewith, Olney Theatre Center's Artistic Director. "So we're thrilled to add Jennifer Hoppe-House's voice to the canon, especially during such an amazing community-wide festival of hot new plays."

Olney Theatre Center's production of Bad Dog is directed by one of Hoppe-House's closest colleagues, Jeremy B. Cohen. Cohen is currently in his fifth season as the Producing Artistic Director at Minneapolis' legendary Playwrights' Center. He previously served as Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage, where we also directed several premieres of new plays. He is currently in development on his new play Boys Will Be Boys.

The cast of Bad Dog is led by one of DC's most lauded actresses, Holly Twyford, who returns to Olney Theatre Center in the role of Molly Drexler. She is a four time Helen Hayes Award Winner and was most recently seen at Signature Theatre in Sex With Strangers as well as at Folger Theater in Mary Stuart.

Molly's wife, Abby Cory, is played by Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, making her Olney Theatre Center debut. Molly Drexler's sisters, Becky and Linda Drexler, will be played by Amy McWilliams and Emily Townley respectively. The roles of the Molly Drexler's mother and father will be played by Naomi Jacobson andLeo Erickson. Gladys Rodriguez, who will play Sondra, Molly Drexler's stepmother, played the same role in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater's production of Bad Dog. The roles of Cop/Kaufmann/Contractor will be played by Carlos SaldaƱa.

The Award-Winning Design Team, led by Director Jeremy B. Cohen, consists of Scenic Designer Tony Cisek, Lighting Designer Dan Covey, Olney Theatre Center Artistic Associate and Costume Designer Ivania Stack, Sound Designer Josh Horvath, and Production Stage Manager Keri Schultz.