Dead Dog Park
February 11 – March 6, 2016
New York, NY 10022
In this tautly written and riveting drama, a white police officer is accused of pushing an African-American teenage boy out of a window during a routine police chase.
The effects of a tragic incident can, in a moment, forever redefine the lives of all those intimately connected to it. This relevant tale explores the malleability of guilt and innocence when pitted against prejudice and presumption, truth and sensationalism. As the former officer stands at the precipice of fate, neither he nor the boy can distinguish fact from fiction, certainty from doubt, guilt from innocence.
Bedlam’s Dead Dog Park explores multiple perspective of the complex issues of racism and police brutality. This poignant new play “should be seen by everyone to encourage an essential discourse about civil rights.”
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Critic's Praise For Dead Dog Park
This poignant drama explores the subjects of police brutality and racial tensions. With a superbly written script by Barry Malawer and extraordinary direction by Eric Tucker, the play’s talented cast will keep you thoroughly captivated. … The six person cast includes Migs Govea as Ricky Romero, Tom O’Keefe as Rob McDonald, Ryan Quinn as John Jones, Eboni Flowers as Sharonne Chapin, Susannah Millonzi as Angela McDonald, and Jude Tibeau as Tyler Chapin. They master the emotionally charged scenes that provide a rare, insider’s view of the people affected by a high-profile, controversial event. The remarkable acting talents of this troupe bring the story to full life with fast-paced, perfectly timed dialogue. …
The Creative Team has done a great job of bringing DEAD DOG PARK to the stage. … DEAD DOG PARK presents multiple perspectives of a complex social issue that has taken center stage in America’s news cycles and political debates. It is a play that should be seen by everyone to encourage an essential discourse about civil rights.”
[The] cast members handle Mr. Malawer’s tart dialogue with impressive timing.”
Ken Jaworoski, The New York Times
Eric Tucker deserves accolades for nurturing such compelling performances from his top-notch cast and creatively staging the action in such a way that the fourth wall is completely dissolved by the end of the play. All involved with this production should feel pride for having brought forth an important artistic statement on one of the most urgent issues affecting America today with integrity and dignity. For these reasons, if one play deserves to makes the jump from Off-Broadway to Broadway this year, it should be Dead Dog Park.
All told, Dead Dog Park is an intriguing, topical and thought-provoking piece of drama.”
Steven Suskin, The Huffington Post
The six-person cast delivers a first-rate performance, sustaining the story’s compelling pace … Tucker knows how to get the most of a story told with a small cast and within the confines of a black-box stage.”
Eric Uhlfelder, The Huffington Post
Dead Dog Park is proof that theater can be vocal, aware, present, raging and engaging. … Dead Dog Park deals with lofty themes of sacrifice and atonement. Under director Eric Tucker’s uncompromising focus, we are taken inside these psychological examinations. Tucker unfolds the drama moment to moment, building up playwright Barry Malawer’s script towards its most heated exploration of justice.”
Theatre is Easy
Minimally staged (a table, a few chairs, industrial lighting) but tautly performed by a polished cast, the play draws its impetus from the hyper-politicized climate in which clashes between white policemen and black civilians have come under intense public scrutiny”
Dead Dog Park by Barry Malawer is a powerful new play which is full of empathetic and complex characters. Backed by outstanding direction from Eric Tucker, this minimalist production addresses a touchy issue which is all too relevant to the times at hand.