The Dog Problem by David Rabe

“My only regret is what I am. That once I was a brand-new baby with big eyes and rosy cheeks and now I’m this puddle of crap and pus in piss-stinking pajamas!”

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

A Regional Premiere directed by Katherine Owens

October 23 – November 27, 2010 at Undermain Theatre

This mystical comedy examines the misunderstandings of some shady inhabitants of New York’s lower east side. Propelled by ominous humor, The Dog Problem explores the mesh of existence among mobsters with eerie glimpses of immortality. David Rabe mixes bewitching characters and beastly circumstances in a production with masterfully vivid dialogue.

Cast and Creatives

David Rabe  Playwright

David Rabe
Playwright

Katherine Owens

Katherine Owens
Director

John Arnone

John Arnone
Scenic Designer

Bruce DuBose

Bruce DuBose
Sound Designer

Giva Taylor Costume Designer

Giva Taylor
Costume Designer

Steve Woods Lighting Designer

Steve Woods
Lighting Designer

Cast

andrew aguilar hs

Andrew Aguilar
Tommy Stones

Jonathan Brooks Ray

Jonathan Brooks
Ray

Bruce DuBose

Bruce DuBose
Uncle Malvolio

Newton Pittman

Newton Pittman
Joey

Shannon Kearns

Shannon Kearns-Simmons
Teresa

Kent Williams The Priest

Kent Williams
The Priest

Drew Wall Ronnie

Drew Wall
Ronnie

Buddy The Dog

Buddy
The Dog

Photo Archive

The Dog Problem Poster Design

The Dog Problem Poster

The Dog Problem postcard design front

The Dog Problem Postcard Front

The Dog Problem postcard design back

The Dog Problem Postcard Back

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Bruce DuBose as

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, and Bruce DuBose as

Pictured, L to R: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, L to R: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, and Drew Wall as Ronnie.

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Drew Wall as Ronnie. Behind: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Drew Wall as Ronnie. Behind: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Drew Wall as Ronnie. Behind: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Drew Wall as Ronnie. Behind: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Drew Wall as Ronnie. Behind: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, in front, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Drew Wall as Ronnie. Behind: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Buddy as The Dog.

Pictured: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Buddy as The Dog.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa.

Pictured, L to R: Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, Shannon Kearns-Simmons as Teresa, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured. L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured. L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured. L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured. L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Newton Pittman as Joey.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, Newton Pittman as Joey, Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, Newton Pittman as Joey, Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Kent Williams as The Priest.

Pictured, L to R: Newton Pittman as Joey, Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones, Jonathan Brooks as Ray, and Kent Williams as The Priest.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Kent Williams as The Priest.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Kent Williams as The Priest.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Kent Williams as The Priest.

Pictured, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Kent Williams as The Priest.

Pictured, on bench, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Kent Williams as The Priest. On ground: Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, on bench, L to R: Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Kent Williams as The Priest. On ground: Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, Bruce DuBose as Uncle Malvolio, and Andrew Aguilar as Tommy Stones.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.

Pictured, L to R: Drew Wall as Ronnie, and Jonathan Brooks as Ray.