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DATC premieres rescue dog play March 8–12; will collect donations for Detroit Dog Rescue

Preview February 20, 2018 Encore Staff

DETROIT—The Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company (The DATC) will premiere the original play And Licked My Hand – A Fairy Tail. Show dates are March 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2018 at Detroit Design Center, 4225 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201. This is a love story beyond human comprehension — a story of a dog’s extraordinary devotion to his owner, and her desperate search for happiness. It’s a dark and comedic blend of fable and fairy tale, told in a contemporary voice and setting (recommended for mature audiences).

As a part of the theater group’s Create 4 Action series, they will collect donations for Detroit Dog Rescue.

This tale is told through the eyes of Max (Casey Hibbert), a scrappy rescue dog. His owner Susie (Kryssy Becker) is on a desperate search to fill the void from a recently-lost love. She meets and moves in with Ralph (Steve Xander Carson), a handsome but dangerous and self-centered guy who also brings a crazy collection of creatures into the story. As Ralph and Susie’s toxic relationship continues to spiral, Max struggles to faithfully protect his owner. To this end, Max seeks counsel from canine spirit Big Bone (Jeffrey Vincent). Pigs will talk, birds will battle, and cats will pretend not to care; but who’s really in charge: the predator or the prey?

The Detroit-area cast, directed by DATC Artistic Director Mindy Grissom, has collaboratively workshopped this original piece of theater written by Virginia-based playwright Theodore J. Groll. All performances of And Licked My Hand will be presented at Midtown’s Detroit Design Center, a unique space owned and operated by Detroit sculpture artists Erik and Israel Nordin. Additional characters include: Minh, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig (Rodell Salazar), Lester the cat (Eric Swanson), Sandy, the dog-catcher (James Busam), and Polly, the black-palm cockatoo (Maya Gangadharan).

Tickets are general seating and are on sale now at theDATC.org. Prices are $20 Adult, $15 Student/Senior. All shows are at 8pm/ doors open 30 minutes before curtain. The performance on March 12 is also an Industry Night, where those working in the theater industry will be able to purchase a ticket at the door for $10 (rate not available online).

Photo: Detroit Dog Rescue volunteer with rescue puppies.

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