Dogfight (2018)

UNSW MTS is proud to present Dogfight with music and lyrics by Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with book by Peter Duchan. In 1967 we meet American Marine Eddie Birdlace, who is riding a bus into San Francisco fresh from being stationed in Vietnam. We are then transported back into 1963 to the night Eddie was last in San Francisco, the eve of his deployment to Southeast Asia. Birdlace and his fellow Marines set out for one final boys’ night of partying and debauchery. They start a bet, a cruel game they call the Dogfight where the Marine who brings the ugliest date to their party wins the prize money. Eddie brings along an awkward and idealistic waitress named Rose with a dream of being a songwriter and performer. What ensues is an emotional night that teaches both Eddie and Rose lessons of empathy, acceptance, and love

“Maybe this sounds crazy but I’m happy that it happened.” – Rose Fenny


Eddie Birdlace: Sam Folden

Rose: Misha Williamson

Boland: Nicky Duller

Bernstein: Tim Ogborne

Marcy: Erin Bogart

Mama: Natalie Hughes

Stevens: John Tsakiris

Fector: Jake Sgouros

Pete, Gibbs: Paul Escorrido

Lounge Singer, Sergeant: Andreo Cruz-Dimaano

Lounge Singer, Chippy: Kyra McMorrow

Ruth, Peggy: Georgie Cope

Suzette, Librarian: Minna Squire

Big Toni, Waiter: Tia Haes

Production Team and Crew

Director: Shae Watkins

Music Director: Jess Franke

Producer: Max Waterson

Assistant Music Director: Marcel Lima

Assistant Producer: Sophia Manahan

Production Assistant: Sasha Danswan

Choreographer: Kelsi Chow

Publicity Manager: Kyra Alday

Publicity Assistant: April Maung

Graphics Designer: Jasmine Tate & Ella Mander-Jones

Tech Director: Jacqui Orme

Assistant Tech Director, Sound Designer and Operator: Nic You Lee

Tech Assistant: Zander Zhuang

Stage Manager: Brittany Klaassens

Assistant Stage Manager: Karen Cho

Lighting Designer: Monique Orton

Lighting Operator: Keren Tristan

Set Designer: Briony Burnes & Ella Deane

Set Constructor: Dave Angelico

Costume Designer: Maddie Wilson

Hair and Makeup Artist: Niki Hrstic

Props Master: Adele Marwood

Props Assistant: Eliza Pall

Photographer: Rosie Thomas


Keyboard, Rehearsal Accompanist: Alec Rawlings

Guitar: Matt Tuttiet

Bass: George Machado

Violin: Joe Jin

Cello: Harry Wagstaff

Percussion: Frank Lopresti

Second Pianist: Grace Liu