The cast features Alexandra Aristy as Nicole, Clive Ashborn as Malverde, Courtney Brown as Salome, Lewis Bryans as Lucius, Merrill Capps as Doc, Amy Jennings as Heidi, Christopher Clay Jones as Tyrone. Michael Kangaju as Chop, Jeremy Lawson as Valdez, Jessie Salas as Anita, Inga Stamboltsyan as Felicia, and Debbie Stavitsky as Encarnacion - Written and directed by James Domine.
The Dogs of War, or, That’s What Friends Are For
A new play by James Domine
The Actors’ Forum Theater10655 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Performances dates are: March 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2011
About the Play:
“The Dogs of War, or, That’s What Friends Are For,” a play by James Domine, is a modern tale of gang warfare and romantic intrigue set in contemporary the Los Angeles. Thematic threads of love and devotion, murder and revenge are woven together in a poetic tapestry that through imaginative and colorful use of language creates a mysterious and strange reality that is at once philosophical and metaphoric.
Main characters are the gang members and their girlfriends including a shyster lawyer named Lucius, a quack doctor called Doc whose main business is dealing drugs & peddling dope, a mechanic who goes by the sobriquet of Chop who doubles as a car thief and burglar by night, a madam known as Heidi, a purveyor of young girls, Valdez, a crooked cop, Malverde, an itinerant thief and fortune teller and the leader of the gang, Tyrone, who is a collector and erstwhile enforcer by trade. The female roles include the gang leader’s ex-girlfriend Nicole who spends her time plotting revenge, his new girlfriend Salome, a young dancer, and gang-affiliated ladies of the night Felicia, Anita and Encarnacion, who transform themselves in a series of hallucinations as spectral emissaries of fate. Larger themes of trust and betrayal compel the story to its inevitable conclusion.
The play is cast in two acts, the first takes place in the crack house that is the gang’s lair, and the second unfolds under a freeway overpass on a street where homeless people congregate. The narrative unfolds as continuously evolving waves of rhyme in a rap poem that weaves its way through this urban drama.
$20 General Admission, $15 Students & Seniors, $10 Groups of 4 or more. Call (818) 347-4807 for reservations.