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Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham to Lead Cast of Dog Days

The rock-infused opera will make its New York premiere at the Skirball Center.

Lauren Worsham will star in the New York premiere of Dog Days in January, 2016.
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Tony Award nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and Obie Award winner John Kelly (The Threepenny Opera) will star in the New York premiere of Dog Days, a new opera by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek. Directed by Robert Woodruff with music direction by Alan Pierson, the production will run from January 9-11, 2016, at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and will be copresented by NYU Skirball Center, Beth Morrison Projects, and HERE's Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now.

Dog Days incorporates elements of opera, musical theater, and rock-infused-concert music to investigate the psychology of a working-class American family against a not-so-distant-future wartime scenario. According to its description, "this black comedy asks: is it madness, delusion, or sheer animal instinct that guides us through severely trying times? Where lies the line between animal and human, and at what point must we give into our animal instincts to survive?"

Joining Worsham and Kelly in the company will be their fellow world-premiere cast members James Bobick, Marnie Breckenridge, Michael Marcotte, and Peter Tantsits. They will be accompanied by David T. Little's chamber ensemble NEWSPEAK, along with special guests. The world premiere of Dog Days was produced by Peak Performances at Montclair State in association with Beth Morrison Projects.

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