Foxfinder
October 29, 2013 - December 1, 2013
By Dawn King
Directed By Dámaso Rodriguez**

At the heart of this gripping, futuristic parable beats an incendiary plot that pulses with menace and suspicion. In rural England, a blight of bad luck has befallen the countryside and a fox infestation may be to blame. The totalitarian government sends an agent, a “Foxfinder,” into the home of Judith and Samuel Covey and the invasive inspection whirls simple lives into a frenzy of finger-pointing and distrust. As the bizarre scrutiny intensifies, guilt, fear and distorted realities fuel a feverish hunt to explain the unknown.
U.S. premiere • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2012/13 Finalist • Critically acclaimed London hit

Cast

William Bloor   Joshua Weinstein* 
Samuel Covey  Shawn Lee*
Judith Covey Sara Hennessy*
Sarah Box Amanda Soden*

 

 

 

 

 

Production

Scenic Designer  Kristeen Willis Crosser^
Costume Designer Gregory Pulver
Lighting Designer  Kristeen Willis Crosser^
Sound Designer   Doug Newell
Props Designer Rusty Tennant
Dialect Coach Mary McDonald Lewis
Fight Choreographer Jonathan Cole
Stage Manager Tozzi McDowell* 
Production Manager Stephanie Mulligan* 
Dramaturgical Assistant  Russel Terwelp
Production Assistant    Bailey Anne Maxwell+

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

THIS PLAY RUNS APPROXIMATELY 95 MINUTES WITHOUT AN INTERMISSION.

Mature themes – not recommended for children under 14.

BEHIND THE SCENES:

Bios, headshots and interviews! Click here to check out the production's playbill.

Radio host Carl Wolfson interviewed Dámaso Rodriguez on directing Foxfinder and his season at Artists Rep. Do take a listen here, the interview starts 49 minutes in.

Click here to see production photos by Owen Carey.

TRAILER! Check out the video trailer for Foxfinder here then share it with your friends!

Join the cast and crew for post-show discussion after the 2pm matinees on November 3, 10, 13, 17 & 24. 

Happy Hours, Surprise nights and discussions oh my! Click here for a full schedule of activities sure to make your theatre experience even more rewarding. 

Q&A with playwright Dawn King - click here to read the full interview.

Click here for an article by Costume Designer Gregory Pulver about how he approached the "world of the play."

Click here to read a detailed synopsis of Foxfinder. SPOILER ALERT!

STUDY GUIDE - Click here to read the extensive study guide for Foxfinder - a great resource!

PRODUCTION HISTORY: Foxfinder won the Papatango writing competition in 2011 and was produced at the Finborough Theatre where it was critically acclaimed and sold out. Foxfinder won Dawn King the Most Promising Playwright award at the Off West End Awards 2012. Artists Rep's productions marks its U.S. premiere.  

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:  Dawn King is an award-winning writer who works in theatre, radio and film.  Dawn’s play Foxfinder won the Papatango Theatre Company writing competition in 2011 and was produced at the Finborough Theatre, London, where it was critically acclaimed and sold out. Foxfinder won Dawn ‘Most Promising Playwright’ at the Off West End Awards 2012 and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize 2012 and the James Tait Black drama prize 2011/2012. Foxfinder has had productions in Sweden (Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre) and Australia (Red Stitch). Dawn was Pearson writer-in-residence at the Finborough for 2012. She was one of ten writers chosen for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme in 2012, and through this, received a seed commission and residency at West Yorkshire Playhouse, where she wrote Ciphers. Ciphers is being produced by Out of Joint, Exeter Northcott and The Bush and will tour the UK in 2013/2014. In 2013, Dawn participated in the prestigious Channel Four television writing scheme, 4 Screenwriting 2013. She has an original drama series in development with Touchpaper Television. Her short film, The Karman Line, is in post-production. Dawn writes regularly for Radio and has had radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra and BBC Radio 3.  Previous theatre work includes: Water Sculptures/ZOO double bill – The Union Theatre; Face Value – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; and Doghead Boy and Sharkmouth Go To Ikea – The Junction, Cambridge. Dawn was a member of both the Soho Theatre and Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Programmes and has an MA distinction in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths University, London.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Dámaso Rodriguez joined Artists Rep as artistic director in July of 2013.  He is a Co-Founder of the Los Angeles-based Furious Theatre Company, an ensemble-driven theatre committed to daring, socially relevant new plays of visceral impact, where he served as Co-Artistic Director from 2001-2012.  From 2007-2010 he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse, where he directed main stage productions and oversaw programming for the Playhouse’s second stage, including its Hothouse New Play Development Program. His directing credits include work at the Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, A Noise Within, The Theatre@Boston Court, Odyssey Theatre, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre and Furious Theatre. Recent productions include the West Coast premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Ten Chimneys at Artists Rep, Ruth and Augustus Goetz' The Heiress (starring Richard Chamberlain); Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes (starring Kelly McGillis) and Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow (starring Sharon Lawrence) at the Pasadena Playhouse; the reading of Steven Drukman’s The Prince of Atlantis for the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, Clifford Odets’ Paradise Lost at Intiman Theatre, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms and Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma at A Noise Within. Furious Theatre credits include the Los Angeles premieres of Craig Wright's Grace, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom and Hunter Gatherers, Bruce Norris’ The Pain and the Itch, Yussef El Guindi's Back of the Throat, Richard Bean’s The God Botherers, Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, and the world premieres of Alex Jones’ Canned Peaches in Syrup and Matt Pelfrey’s An Impending Rupture of the Belly and No Good Deed, among many others.  Upcoming productions at Artists Rep include the U.S. premiere of Dawn King's Foxfinder and our revival of J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. His film directing credits include the darkly comic feature Pure Shock Value, which was selected as the Centerpiece Film of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and episodes of the web series A G.A.N.G. by screenwriter Matt Pelfrey (MTV’s Skins). Dámaso is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award. In 2010, Furious Theatre Company was named to LA Weekly’s list of “Best Theatres of the Decade.” In 2012, he was honored as a finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Award. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.damaso-rodriguez.com

 

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:
Dates: October 29 - December 1
Performances: Wednesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm; Sunday @ 2pm
Opening Night is Saturday, November 2. 

SHOW SPONSORS:
David & Christine Vernier

Schwabe

 

PRESENTING SEASON SPONSORS:

 The Oregonian

 


The Reviews...

“The tension will send you running home to shower off the fear and sweat; but if this does not give your brain and soul a workout, you haven’t been paying attention. See this work: it is gorgeous.” So said John Rudoff for Oregon Music News, read it here.

“ … its gut punch is that it harnesses enormous themes, losing none of their power, and brings them to an ordinary level in a powerful illustration of what could happen to everyday people when a desperate world goes spinning out of joint,” wrote Carol Wells, for The Oregonian. She paints a vivid picture of the show in her review here.

"... a taut and tasty production at Artists Repertory Theatre. It’s a four-hander, performed tightly and menacingly under Dámaso Rodriguez’ acute direction," wrote Bob Hicks in an outstanding review for Oregon Arts Watch. A must-read! Click here.

"Dámaso Rodriguez’s taut direction plays up the sense of foreboding, with an ominous soundscape and disquieting lighting design ... King strikes a balance of specificity and mystery that keeps the audience engaged," wrote Rebecca Jacobson for the Willamette Week. Read that review here.

Dennis Sparks writes a strong tale of a review of "Foxfinder" saying, "King has written a play that grips one’s primal fear of the unknown and, like a bulldog, won’t let go. A childhood terror exposed of just what’s really lurking in the closet or hiding under the bed in the deep, dark night." Read it here.

From some of our audience members:

  • “This was wonderful. Creepy and disturbing, but very thought-provoking. I enjoyed it very much.”
  • “Thrilling, eerie and beautifully done.”
  • It was really, really good. Very provocative. You can overlay a lot of relevant situations …”

About Dawn King and previous productions:

“A thrillingly original piece of writing” - Time Out

“Dawn King’s play shines out like a beacon… along with Mike Bartlett’s 13 – is the most compelling new work I have seen this year.” - The Guardian

“It’s a script which lays out her vividly imagined plot so subtly that you don’t notice King is trying to make you think something until you’ve already thought it." - The Telegraph

“This spell-binding dystopian parable by Dawn King.” - The Independent

“Has all the hallmarks of an instant classic.” - Whatsonstage

“A bold and often brilliant stab at something new.” - The Times

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