Doorstep Arts DogfightA poignant, heartwarming story of idealism, unexpected love, and the endearing naivety of early adulthood set against the dramatic background of the Vietnam War, Doorstep Arts presents the Victorian premiere of Dogfight at Chapel Off Chapel for a limited season from 6 May 2016.

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young marines set out for one boy’s final night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose Fenny, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.

With a Book by Peter Duchan, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and based on the 1991 cult movie of the same name starring River Phoenix, Dogfight premiered on the stage of New York’s Off-Broadway theatre in 2012 where it won the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Musical Award and was nominated for numerous Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards.

Doorstep Arts Artistic Director, Darylin Ramondo is thrilled to introduce this critically-acclaimed production to a Melbourne audience. “The cast includes some of the industry’s most exciting young performers and we can’t wait to present Dogfight to the Melbourne stage,” says Darylin.

Based in Geelong, Doorstep Arts is a leading independent theatre company committed to creating exceptional and innovative theatre. We relish in our enviable reputation for bringing contemporary musical experiences to our audience; for enriching the cultural identity of our community; and for promoting the artistic excellence of our city.

“Doorstep provides a creative breeding ground for theatrical talent in a way that is both inspiring and passionate.” – Eddie Perfect

Director: Darylin Ramondo Featuring: Alex Woodward, Olivia Charalambous, Zoy Frangos, Sally Bourne, Jaclyn DeVincentis, Joel Granger, Daniel Cosgrove, James Coley, Jack Van Staveren, Hannah McInerney, Tim Carney Musical Director: Trevor Jones Lighting Design: Martin Kinnane Choreographer: Leanne Marsland Sound: Marcello Lo Ricco Costume Design: Rhiannon Irving Producer: Angelique Helman

Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Season: 6 – 15 May 2016 (preview: 5 May)
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Image: Alex Woodward and Olivia Charalambous feature in Dogfight (supplied)