About the Play

"An explosive, deeply affecting study of alienation and the redemptive power of love…a wrenching love story that swept through the downtown Circle in the Square last night like a tidal wave." —NY Daily News

"…the play is the equivalent of sitting at ringside watching a prize fight that concludes in a loving embrace." —NY Times

"…a funny, frightening, hypnotically fascinating evening of theatre…" —Drama-Logue


The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him "the animal," seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. In the end there are no facile, easy answers, but thanks to the playwright's skill and compassion, both characters are able to find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painfully achieved, offers the hope of a future touched, at last, with more than the bitterness and loneliness that had been their lot before their fateful meeting.


PERFORMANCES

Wednesday, October 18 - 8:00PM

Thursday, October 19 - 8:00PM

Saturday, October 21 - 8:00PM

Sunday, October 22 - 8:00PM

Thursday, October 26  - 8:00PM

Friday, October 27  - 8:00PM

Saturday, October 28 - 8:00PM

Thursday, November 2 - 8:00PM

 Friday, November 3 - 8:00PM

Saturday, November 4 - 8:00PM

Tickets are on sale to the general public via Brown Paper Tickets beginning Friday, September 29. Brief reception to foliow each performance. Ready to book?


Featuring

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY (Playwright) is from the Bronx. He was thrown out of St. Helena’s kindergarten. He was banned from St. Anthony’s hot lunch program for life. He was expelled from Cardinal Spellman High School. He was placed on academic probation by New York University and instructed to appear before a tribunal if he wished to return. When asked why he had been treated in this way by all these institutions, he burst into tears and said he had no idea. Then he went into the United States Marine Corps. He did fine. He’s still doing okay.

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ROSA ARREDONDO* (Roberta) Rosa’s film credits include the Academy Award Winning Film, Still Alice, Losing It with award-winning director, Macdara Vallely, and and Slamdance audience award winner, Silver Tongues. As well as, The Dark Rite, Respect The Shooter, Feel the Noise, Preaching to the Choir, Husband for Hire, and The Suitor. Her most recent Television credits include a recurring role on the series Gone. She has also guest starred on Blindspot, The Blacklist, Madame Secretary, The Good Wife, Believe, Person of Interest, Elementary, Golden Boy, White Collar, The Mentalist, Fringe, SVU, Law and Order, Numbers and Criminal Intent. Rosa’s theatre credits include Emily Man’s Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, the Cherry Lane’s production of The Surgeon And Her Daughters, the Sonnet Theater Rep’s The Maids, George Wolfe’s Harlem Song, and The Lincoln Center production of The House of Bernarda Alba. AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

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CHRISTOPHER DOMIG* (Danny) is an actor and director in New York City. Recent acting credits include: The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation at FringeNYC, English World Premiere of Dirt in New York (59E59, 4th Street Theater), Edinburgh (Gilded Balloon), Vancouver (Pacific Theatre), Berlin (ETB), and London (Arcola Theatre). Recent TV: Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Black List, Law & Order: SVU and Blindspot. BFA: Wheaton College, MFA: Southern Methodist University. AEA, SAG-AFTRA. www.christopherdomig.com

MARK LEWIS (Director) is the Director of Theater at Wheaton College in Illinois, where has been a professor since 1995. At Wheaton he has directed more than 50 plays and leads Workout, Wheaton’s 40-year old theater training ensemble. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mark was a professional actor in New York for fifteen years, and was active in regional theater and on television. Mark and his wife, the actress Mary Ellen Stuart, are the proud parents of five daughters, each adopted internationally.

JENN HIBBS (Asst. Director/Stage Manager) is indigenous to Portland, Maine. She traded in her accent for a B.F.A. in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She spent many years in the improv and sketch comedy world and continued her acting studies at Michael Howard Studios. For the last few years, she has studied photography and painting. Last spring you may have seen her in Sea Dog Theater's reading of Middletown. She is so excited and so grateful to be joining the core team at Sea Dog Theater as their artistic "Gal Friday" and to be the assistant director and stage manager of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. 

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PAUL HUDSON (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be working with Sea Dog Theater, and returning Olmsted Salon at Calvary-St. George, where he previously lit The Representative's Veritas.  Recent designs include: Lonely Planet(Keen Co.), Precious Things (New Brooklyn Theater), Sad Indie Love Songs (Fridge fest), Lucky Stiff (BVT), Henry V and Cymbeline (Juilliard Drama), Cracked Orlando (Juilliard Center for Innovation in the Arts) and Associate to Mimi Sherin on The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory).  Other Highlights include: Basetrack, Live (BAM Next Wave), Shanghai Gesture (Mirror Rep), The Trial of KArcana, and several others with Synaesthetic Theater Co, 7 years of lighting the Actor's Studio Drama School at Pace University's MFA Repertory Season, 8 years of lighting Beyond the Machine with Juilliard's Center for Innovation in the Arts, and serving as Associate to Betsy Adams on The Laramie Project Cycle (Nat'l Tour and BAM).  MFA NYU, USA 829.

LAUREN MILLER (Associate Lighting Designer) A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, and has completed internships with both The Juilliard School and The American Ballet Theatre Company at the Metropolitan Opera. Past credits include: Lighting Design- A Clockwork Orange(Juilliard), Christmas With the Crawford's (Off-Broadway),Falling (Shadowland). Assistant Lighting Design- Guys and Dolls, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mamma Mia! (Weston Playhouse, VT) Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout Theatre Company, NY), Barefoot in the Park (Trinity Rep, RI). Favorite foods include nachos and gravy cheese fries. 

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DEVIN AUGUST PETERSEN (Scenic Designer) is a scenic designer and performance creator originally from Seattle. Now based in NYC, he designs for theater, opera, and dance with particular interest in work which is emotionally engaging and psychologically complex. Favorite projects include Buried Child (Tisch, 2016), Smudge (Washington Ensemble Theatre, 2013), and Ukelele! A Variety Show (Whitman College, 2013). BA: Whitman College, MFA: NYU Tisch. devinpetersen.com

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EMILY WHITE (Costume Designer) is a New York based freelance costume designer. Originally from Northern Minnesota, she values work that is collaborative and innovative. Recent projects include Conform, a new play in development at Muhlenberg College, and Cereals, a collection of children’s plays at the Flea Theater. Other work includes The Blueprint, by Idris Goodwin, and Male Continence, a movement based found text piece in HERE Arts Sublet Series. Formerly based in San Francisco, she designed the American premiere of Samuel Gallet’s Communiqué n° 10 at the Cutting Ball Theater, as well as work for The Breadbox Theater Co and Z Space. She has an M.F.A. in theater design from NYU.

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LEE SALEVAN (Sound Designer) is a sound designer who typically works in film but is excited about working in theater. He genuinely believes he can survive a shark attack but probably not a polar bear attack while at the same time hoping he doesn’t encounter either.

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WHITNEY BAHR (Hospitality/Audience Development) Whitney is a graduate from the University of Florida where she studied Family, Youth, and Community Science and Theater. She is a trained vocalist, writer, and actor, her writing including music pieces, lyrics, and stage productions. She has performed across the nation, including Disney and Carnegie Hall, always entering into her work with a desire to deeply understand people and connect them to the most beautiful parts of life. Whitney has worked in several nonprofits, specializing in donor communications, event coordinating, and publicity. She was the Founder and Director of Art in Motion Theater Camp in Florida and the Director of the Man Up, Speak Up Camp with The Women’s Center - where she worked to co-create several Public Service Announcements that premiered on MTV, city billboards, and YouTube. Whitney’s passion is to use the arts as a way of uncovering truth, both the beautiful and the brutal.

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JANELLE DOMIG (Producer) Janelle previously collaborated with Christopher Domig on Dirt and The Waste Land and did publicity for the plays when they ran in Vancouver and New York City. She previously worked in operations at Apartment Therapy Media, and as a producer's assistant for Rabbit Bandini, where she coordinated festival runs for the films Feast of Stephen, Herbert White, Saturday Night, and A Clerk's Tale by director James Franco at the Berlin, Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals. Janelle is Sea Dog Theater's General Manager.

DUSTY BROWN (Director of Olmsted Salon)

DANIEL DOMIG (Artwork) is a painter in Vienna, Austria. www.currentlynowhere.com

ROBERTA CAJADO (Art Director)

FERNANDA CAJADO (Graphic Design)

ASHLEY MORRIS (Intern)

ZACHARY OWENS (Intern)

CAITLIN SMITH (Intern)

 

The Olmsted Salon is proudly supported by Calvary St. George's Church and the Gramercy Park Block Association.

*Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. This is an Equity approved NY Showcase.

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