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David T. Little's Opera 'Dog Days' Comes to Fort Worth and Los Angeles

by Jaime Prisco   Mar 13, 2015 13:13 PM EDT

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The breakout opera Dog Days by David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek will be traveling to the Fort Worth and the Los Angeles operas this coming spring and summer season.

Dogs Days is based on the short story of the same name by Judy Budnitz. The opera follows the harrowing saga of an American family following a war on American soil. Facing imminent starvation and struggling to retain their dignity, the family is put to the ultimate test of humanity when a man appears at their home dressed as a dog and begging for scraps.

"I have always believed that it is an artistʼs duty to ask questions -- in particular, questions that can be difficult to hear, and often impossible to answer. Dog Days explores the ultimate struggle of humanity, stuck between the dispassionate gaze of nature and the often violent artifices of society,” said Little in a press statement.

The tour boasts the original cast, set and orchestra, including Tony-nominated Lauren Worsham as Lisa, John Kelly as the Dog-Man/Prince and Little's own ensemble, Newspeak. The show is directed by Robert Woodruff with Alan Pierson conducting Little's score. Set and video design is by Jim Findlay, costume design is by Victoria "Vita" Tzykun and lighting design is by Christopher Kuhl.

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