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Urban Stages Theater
259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)
For tickets, call Ovationtix, 1.866.811.4111


Urban Stages Adm. Office:
555 8th Avenue, #1800
212.421.1380212.421.1380

Preview: Fri, Mar 9: 2pm | Tix
Preview: Fri, Mar 9: 7:30pm | Tix
Preview: Sat, Mar 10: 3pm | Tix
Preview: Sat, Mar 10: 8pm | Tix
Preview: Sun, Mar 11: 3pm | Tix
Preview: Sun, Mar 11: 7pm | Tix
Opening Night: Mon, Mar 12: 7:30pm | Tix
Wed, Mar 14: 7:30pm | Tix
Thurs, Mar 15: 7:30pm | Tix
Fri, Mar 16: 7:30pm | Tix
Sat, Mar 17: 3pm | Tix
Sat, Mar 17: 8pm | Tix
Sun, Mar 18: 3pm | Tix
Mon, Mar 19: 7:30pm | Tix
Patrons' Night: Wed, Mar 21 : 7pm | Tix
Thurs, Mar 22: 7:30pm | Tix
Fri, Mar 23: 7:30pm | Tix
Sat, Mar 24: 8pm | Tix
Sun, Mar 25: 7:30pm | Tix
Tues, Mar 27: 7:30pm | Tix
Fri, Mar 30: 7:30pm | Tix
Sat, Mar 31: 3pm | Tix

DOGS OF RWANDA

Written by
Sean Christopher Lewis

Directed by
Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano

Performed by
Dan Hodge

with music composed and performed by
Abou Lion Diarra

March 9 - March 31, 2018


16-year-old David finds himself in Uganda as a church missionary. He follows the girl of his dreams into the woods as the Rwandan genocide erupts. 20 years later and half a world away, he still can’t escape what happened and publishes a book on the events. When a note arrives reading, “There are untruths here,” David finds himself back in those woods with the boy he tried to save, in a journey towards redemption and forgiveness.



Powerful. Highly recommended
The Chicago Reader

Dogs of Rwanda is the REAL DEAL
Phindie

Moving and Gripping
ARTatl.com

Hodge's performance is extraordinarily genuine and personal.”
Broadstreet Review

Fascinating. ... One of the best productions of 2017!
Philadelphia Inquirer


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SEAN CHRISTOPHER LEWIS (Playwright) His work as a playwright and solo performer have won the NEFA National Theatre Project Award, the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, the NEA Voices in Community Award, a Puffin Foundation Artists Award, a Barrymore Award from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, a Central Ohio Critic’s Circle Citations for Best Touring Production and Best New Work, a National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant, the William Inge Fellowship and an NNPN Emerging Playwright Residency. His plays and solo pieces include: DOGS OF RWANDA (NNPN Rolling World Premiere at 16th Street Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Interact Theatre, Out of Hand Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Englert Theatre, Redfern Performing Arts Center, UNI Genocide Center, CSPS/Legion Arts, Horizon Theatre, Available Light Theatre); KILLADELPHIA (Baltimore Centerstage, American Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Interact Theatre, Southern Rep, the Institut Del Teatra in Barcelona, Spain, the Revolutions International Theatre Festival, the 16th Street Theatre, Riverside Theatre, CSPS/Legion Arts, Cape May Stage, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Touchstone Theatre, Hartbeat Ensemble, Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Graterford Prison, and the Idaho Juvenile Detention Center); JUST KIDS (the KO Festival of Performance, Sandglass Theatre, Available Light Theatre, Pontine Theatre); THE GONE CHAIR (Openstage Harrisburg; Penn State University’s Cultural Conversations Festival); I WILL MAKE YOU ORPHANS (Uno Festival of International Solo Performance, Hyde Park Theatre, Riverside Theatre, the Chocolate Factory, Available Light Theatre); BLACK AND BLUE (Riverside Theatre, Geva Theatre); MILITANT LANGUAGE (Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Halcyon Theatre, Bang and Clatter, and Theater for the New City, published by Original Works Publishing); THE APERTURE (Cleveland Public Theatre); THE HOMESCHOOLING OF JONATHAN ANDERSON (Drilling Company NYC, Luna Theater, Prologue Theatre, Theatre of Note, Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam and in the UK at FutureLight) and MANNING UP (NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Riverside Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company and Actor’s Summit). Recently, with Jennifer Fawcett, he developed the one man performance installation GHOST STORY at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It then performed at the Englert Theatre and will begin touring in 2018. He is the co-creator and writer of the comic books SAINTS, THE FEW and COYOTES all three of which are published by Image Comics, with SAINTS recently optioned for television by Grandview/Automatik. He can be heard as a commentator on NPR’S THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

DAN HODGE (Actor) has been a Philadelphia based actor and director for a decade. As an actor he has been a regular presence on most of the regional stages, including The Walnut Street Theatre, The Arden, The Wilma, InterAct, Theatre Exile, The Lantern, Delaware Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Passage Theatre, 1812 Productions, among others. Across the country he has appeared at The Old Globe Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, Peterborough Players, Michigan Shakespeare Festival and Weatherford Repertory Theatre. Dan is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (The PAC) which produces rarely seen classical plays and has become one of the most dynamic up-and-coming theatres in the area. He is also a company member of Curio Theatre and is a resident director there. He has directed for Curio and The PAC, as well as Commonwealth Classics, Hedgerow Theatre, Passage Theatre and others. Dan won the Barrymore Award for Leading Actor for his work in Around the World in 80 Days for Delaware Theatre, and also won Supporting Actor for Fair Maid of the West for The PAC. He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Evansville and an MFA in Classical Acting from The Old Globe/University of San Diego.

ABOU LION DIARRA (Musician) is the founder and musical director of the powerhouse group, The Black Warriors, NYC’s premiere band working with West Africa’s biggest acts. Their launch at Celebrate Brooklyn’s African Festival was followed by a 40 city tour working with artists from Guinea, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, Abou’s native country. Abou first picked up the sticks at age three. He played on bottles, cans, tables, garbage cans, whatever made a good sound. His musical journey led him to stude with one of the Ivory Coast’s most renowned drummers, Soro Mades, then going on to the Institute National des Arts (INA) and a scholarship to Orchestre de L’Universite D’Abidjan. His appearances in West African clubs and on television ultimately led him to New York. Abou is a new breed of drummer who can navigate through different musical genres, switching beats., rhythms and styles. Aside from playing the drums Abou also plays flute, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, bass, piano and djembe, is pursing his songwriting talents, and hopes to achieve all that God has given him to do.

The creative team includes: Frank Oliva (Set Designer), Ryan Belock (Video Designer, Kim T. Sharp (Technical Director), Jeana Caporelli (Stage Manager) and Sylvia Haber, Perpetuart (Graphic Designer)

Playbill $20 Deal not valid for Opening Night, March 12, and Patrons' Night, March 21