D Is For Dog

Rogue Artists Ensemble brings back last year's darkly comic sci-fi hit, D is for Dog, for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and beyond-featuring new twists, special effects and an even more startling conclusion. A uniquely theatrical event that melds puppetry, live actors, original music and video, D is for Dog will open as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 8 and continue to run at the Hudson Mainstage through August 4.

Written and developed by Katie Polebaum, Sean T. Cawelti and Rogue Artists Ensemble, D is for Dog mashes iconic imagery from early 1950s television with startling elements from horror and sci-fi. Using Rogue Artists' signature Hyper-theatrical style, it tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and their two darling children, Dick and Jane. In the seemingly innocent home of the Rogers family, life is like a 1950s sitcom-or is it? All is not as perfect as it seems...

D is for Dog, returns to the Hudson Mainstage with the original cast and design team intact. Sean T. Cawelti directs Michael Scott Allen, Guy Birtwhistle, Taylor Coffman and Nina J. Silver. Original music is composed by Ben Phelps and John Nobori; scenic design is by Katie Polebaum; lighting design is by Haylee Freeman; video design is by Matt Hill and Sean T. Cawelti; sound design is by John Nobori; costume design is by Kerry Hennessy; properties design is by Keith Mitchell; technical direction is by Adam Hunter; choreography is by Nate Hodges; and puppet design is by Rogue Artists Ensemble.

Rogue Artists Ensemble differs from other theater companies in that it's run by a collective of multi-disciplinary artists and designers rather than by actors, writers or directors. By combining ancient storytelling techniques (music, dance, masks, puppetry) with modern technology (digital media, special effects and theatrical illusions), the Rogues cultivate a unique style of live performance unlike any other. They define the combined use of these and other underrepresented art forms as Hyper-theater.