Purpose

The play Real Dogs begins when the Pattersons receive a wooden dog as a gift. Their suburban basement is the set and fear is the main character. Crippled by fear that the dog will bite, that the neighbors will complain, and that the dog could be hit by a car, the Patterson’s paranoia eventually overwhelms the family (while reflecting current American fears of terrorist attacks, economic collapse, or government run wild). The artists also want to explore how close we might be to losing sight of the bigger picture.

Michael Yates Crowley is a 2008 Fellow in Playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As co-founder of Wolf 359, his work has been performed in Germany, Chicago and New York City, and filmed by HBO. He twice received the Seymour Brick Memorial Prize in Playwriting from Columbia University, where he studied English and Astrophysics. For the last three years he has been the curator of Hearth Gods, a reading series in the East Village.

Michael Rau's New York credits include: The Ted Haggard Monologues (New York Magazine Critic's Pick) and The Italian Songbook, at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music. His productions have been remounted in Germany, Greece, and Montreal. He has directed readings of new plays at New York Theater Workshop, Primary Stages and Lincoln Center. He has served as an assistant for Les Waters at A.R.T., Anne Bogart at Glimmerglass Opera, and Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University's School of the Arts.

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