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Truman 

A Comedy / Drama
By Jim Dalglish

Truman follows the exploits of two dog park denizens as they try to come to terms with their true natures. Sure, fetch can be fun and nothing beats having your food served to you on a tray. But what wild new world awaits on the other side of the dog run fence? 

This is the first act of Bark Park: life from both ends of the lead. It can be performed independently.  The other play is Mia.

Reviews

Elliot Sicard as Jimmy; Tony Travostino as Truman

"Jim Dalglish’s wonderful two-act play explored the complex relationship between people and their dogs from both the human and canine perspectives." Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll,  Our Favorite Theater of the YearCape Cod Times

 "That Dalglish can touch on such universal themes is a testament to his talent. “Bark Park” is an entertaining, insightful, and deeply moving theatrical experience." - Paul Babin, s: Dogs, Owners Speak their Minds in Bark ParkCape Cod Times

"The play is poignant and touching and holds together as an endearing piece." - John Watters, Bark Park is a Doggone Good PlayBarnstable Patriot.

Brian Sheppard as Jimmy; Ian Ryan as Truman

Brian Sheppard as Jimmy; Ian Ryan as Truman

Characters

Truman – Played by a tall, well-built actor with a quiet, watchful demeanor and deep soulful eyes.  Stoic. 
Jimmy – Smaller and thinner than Truman.  An actor who is sharp, quick and tenacious, yet has a sense of humor.

Setting

Place - A dog run in Central Park.  Not too far from “Strawberry Fields.”  Other Locales: The northern section of the park - in the “Loch” and “North Woods” areas.  The east bank of the Hudson River along the railroad tracks 90 miles north of New York City.  Deep in the Berkshire Mountains.
Time - Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall of this year.

Scenic Design

No Set. An open stage with subtle lighting cues will suffice.

Length

35 mins.

Type

Comedy / Drama

Themes

Freedom vs. Responsibility; the strange relationship between humans and their “pets.”

Script Completed

Truman: December 2011

Production History

Cotuit Center for the Arts
Bark Park: August 2014
Mia – Anna Botsford; Mike/Jimmy – Elliot Sicard; Truman – Tony Travostino; Director – Jim Dalglish

Provincetown Theater (Spring Playwright’s Festival)
Truman: May, 2012
Truman – Ian Ryan; Jimmy – Brian Sheppard; Director – Susan Grill

Playwright Notes

This play is dedicated to Carl Pritzkat and Tony Travostino - two of the best friends anyone could ever have.  (And to Truman, of course!)

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