Dogfight Pits Cruelty Against Tenderness

Jun 4, 2015

Cast of Dogfight (Matt Osvog, third from right)
Credit Katharine Nofs

It's the night before a company of Marines are shipped out to Vietnam, and they're celebrating their freedom in a particularly cruel fashion. The men spread out into the city to find unattractive, unsuspecting dates, in order to with a pool of money in what they call a "dogfight." But one marine will discover someone who changes his life.

Farmers Alley Theatre presents Dogfight​ this month, directed by Kathy Mulay and starring Matthew Osvog, of Arizona, and Ashley Marie Lewis, of New York. Based on a 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, Dogfight was adapted in 2012 by music theater composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, two University of Michigan graduates. 

Kathy Mulay sheds light on several themes - feminism, the inhumanity of war, and humor - that are found in the production. Actors Matt Osvog and Ashley Marie Lewis preview the music and discuss their theatrical experience with Cara Lieurance. They also go into detail about what they like (and don't like) about their characters.