Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. Film and Screenplay by Bob Comfort

Directed by Sean Murray

Jul 16 - Aug 23, 2015

Low-priced Previews Jul 16 - 24, 2015

It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and praised by countless critics, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance.

"Superbly crafted, gratifyingly intelligent, richly observant, and immensely enjoyable. This is musical theatre at its finest." - Backstage


Language: Adult Language
Violence: Moderate violence
Sex: Sexual situations
Other: War and PTSD themes
For which audiences: PG-13

Running Time: 2:30

Meet the hot young duo that is taking the musical theatre world by storm.


“The Heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein” - Variety

"Theater wonder boys...effervescent. Consistently buoyant and clever." -The New York Times


Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are the Tony-nominated composers behind Dogfight, a Best New Musical nominee for the Drama League, and Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle award winners for Outstanding Musical. Benj and Justin also received an Outer Critics Circle Best Score nomination for their work on the show.


Dogfight premiered in July 2012 at Second Stage Theatre and enjoyed a critically-acclaimed production at London's Southwark Playhouse in summer of 2014. It was shortlisted for an Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.

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Pasek & Paul share the inspiration behind this musical love story and raise their own voices on the show's rousing opening piece, the heartbreaking "Pretty Funny" and other catchy numbers.


Some other songwriting honors include:

  • Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons & Songwriters Fellowship Awards
  • Billboard Magazine Top 5 Broadway Songwriters


Mel Domingo (Ruth Two Bears/Ensemble)
A graduate from UCI with a BA in Drama, Mel has experience onstage and off. For the last decade, she has been a theatrical lighting technician while actively pursuing her passions in acting, singing, dancing, and playing the piano. Recent theater credits include Legally Blonde (Brooke) at The Covina Center for the Performing Arts, South Pacific (Bloody Mary Assistant/Islander) at Moonlight, Sweeney Todd (ensemble) and Ragtime (ensemble) at Costa Mesa Playhouse, and Side Show (Fortune Teller/Violet & Daisy US) at Camino Real Playhouse.
Sarah Errington (Marcy/Peggy)
Sarah is grateful to be making her Cygnet debut. San Diego credits include: Spelling Bee (Olive) at Intrepid Shakespeare, Dames at Sea (Ruby) and Spelling Bee (Logainne) at North Coast Rep, Nunsense (Amnesia) and Little Women (Beth) at Moonlight, Suds (Cindy) and Into the Woods (Cinderella) at New Village Arts, A New Brain (Rhoda) and Marry Me A Little at Diversionary Theatre, The Winter Wonderettes (Missy) and Chicago (Hunyak) and at the Welk Resort. Sarah is resident choreographer at Legoland California Resort. And always, love to my Rae.
Charles Evans, Jr. (Fector/Ensemble)
Charles was most recently seen on the Cygnet stage this spring as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. Past Cygnet Theatre productions include A Christmas Carol (Ensemble), Follies (Young Ben), and Spring Awakening (Moritz). Recent San Diego credits include La Jolla Playhouse: The Car Plays (Chris), Lambs Players: Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik) and Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Intrepid Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), ion Theatre: Grey Gardens (Joe/Jerry), and New Village Arts: Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (Sparky). Charles also recently completed his fifth summer as a resident actor with the Okoboji Summer Theatre. Charles is a BFA theatre graduate of Stephens College for Women.
Bryan Charles Feldman (Lounge Singer/Ensemble)
Bryan is thrilled to be making his Cygnet Theater debut in the San Diego Premiere of Dogfight. Locally appearing last year in Old Jews Telling Jokes at the Lyceum Theater. Touring and Regional Theatre Credits include: Cornelius in Hello Dolly (Directed by Calvin Remsberg), Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Camelot, Man of La Mancha, Footloose, La Cage Aux Folles, Barnum, Boomers, Dracul, Reunion. Bryan has also made numerous commercial, film and television appearances. Born in Boston, Massachusetts now residing in San Diego. He enjoys spending time with his children Kadison, Celina, Ross and grand-daughter Laila Rose. Bryan is a licensed Realtor and has a passion for helping others achieve their dreams and wishes to thank his wife, Jennifer, for loving and supporting him and allowing him to chase his dreams.
Ben Gibson (Gibbs/Ensemble)
Ben couldn’t be happier to be making his Cygnet debut in this production! Previous credits include Fiddler on the Roof at Sacramento Music Circus, The Producers at Norris Center Theatre, Babes in Arms (Reiner Reading Series) at Musical Theatre West, Sondheim on Sondheim at Lewis Family Playhouse, and Spring Awakening at UC Irvine, where he recently graduated. Ben wants to thank Sean and the whole Cygnet family, Dave at Daniel Hoff, his teachers, and his incredible friends. Most of all, thanks to Mom, Dad, and sister, Ali, for their love and support! Twitter: @thebengib
Caitie Grady (Rose Fenny)
Caitie is so excited and grateful to be working at Cygnet! She was last seen here in Side by Side by Sondheim. Caitie is a company member at Lamb's Players Theatre, where she has performed in over 20 productions since 2010. Recent favorites include Twelfth Night (Viola), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Quilters, Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mixtape. Caitie received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Alex Hoeffler (Boland)
Cygnet Theatre: Sons of the Prophet. Broadway: War Horse. Regional: Tribes (Philadelphia Theatre Co & Pittsburgh City Theatre) The Phantom of the Alamo (The Magik Theatre). New York: Happy’s Funeral. Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Scott Nickley (Bernstein)
Scott is thrilled to be making his Cygnet debut! Other San Diego credits include: The Grift (La Jolla Playhouse), The Full Monty (New Village Arts), Thrill Me (Diversionary), and A Funny Thing Happened (The Welk). Scott studied English and Theatre at James Madison University in Virginia. He would like to thank Sean and the rest of the creative team at Cygnet for this fantastic opportunity. Thank you as always to his friends and family for the support they offer nonstop.
Patrick Osteen (Eddie Birdlace)
Patrick is so excited to be back on the Cygnet stage! He was last here in It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play. Other credits include the North American Tour of War Horse and Regional productions of Sweeney Todd (Greenville's Centre Stage) and Trojan Women (Franklin Stage). A graduate of the UNC School of the Arts. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to be here.
Eric Von Metzke (Stevens/Ensemble)
Eric is a native of San Diego and is ecstatic to be making his Cygnet debut. His most recent credits include West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre) and My Fair Lady (Moonlight Stage Productions) and he can be seen regularly performing in one of his three rock bands. He is also a teaching artist at San Diego Junior Theatre and North County School of the Arts. Eric would like to thank Sean, Jacob and the rest of the Cygnet family for this amazing opportunity.
Dabra Wanger (Mama/Suzette/Ensemble)
Debra has appeared at Cygnet in Spring Awakening and My Fair Lady. San Diego audiences may recognize her from: Hamlet (Gertrude) at Intrepid Shakespeare; Permanent Collection at Mo’olelo; Full Monty (Vicki) at New Village Arts; Footloose, Sound of Music, and White Christmas at San Diego Musical Theatre; Anything Goes! (Reno) Oliver! (Nancy) and Babes in Arms at Lyric Opera San Diego; Carousel and Sound of Music at Lawrence Welk; My Nights With George, Kurt & Cole (NCRT & 6th@Penn, AASD & Billie Awards); Selected Regional: The Fantasticks & Ladies at the Alamo at Actors’ Rep; Fiorello! And Elizabeth & Essex at Florida Rep; The Mikado at Palm Beach Light Opera; Nine, Pirates of Penzance, Man of La Mancha, and Robber Bridegroom at Seaside Music Theatre. Debrastudied at Tufts and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds a M.F.A. from SDSU. Her CD, Driving My Own Heart is available on Amazon & iTunes.


Creative Team

Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, WCYG presents A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa ‘09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa ‘04 (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic’s Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle.
Terry O'Donnell (Music Director)
has served as musical director, conductor, or pianist for a number of regional theatre companies including Cygnet Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, “Starlight Musical Theatre” San Diego CLO, Theatre in Old Town, Welk Resort Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. Selected musical direction projects include: Spring Awakening, The Who’s-Tommy, Follies, Crazy for You, Little Women, Beehive (Drama-Logue Award for musical direction), Forbidden Broadway (with national company), Assassins (west-coast premiere), Triumph of Love, Song of Singapore, and Master Class (all regional premieres), Bat Boy, and Honk! (both San Diego premieres), and five years with San Diego’s longest running musical - Forever Plaid. Recent music direction projects include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Intrepid Theatre Co., and Legally Blonde with Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. Dr. O’Donnell is Professor Emeritus of Music and Theatre at San Diego State University (1973-2008). He is a founding faculty member of the award-winning SDSU Master of Fine Arts Musical Theatre degree program - one of only two specialized MFA musical-theatre degree programs in the nation. He is Board of Trustees Immediate Past President for Young Audiences of San Diego - a national network of Affiliates that bring quality arts education programs to schools.
David Brannen (Choreographer)
David has been an actor/director/choreographer in town for over 25 years. For Cygnet Theatre, David has previously choreographed My Fair Lady, Parade, Assassins, and Cabaret, receiving a San Diego Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for his choreographic work on Cabaret both at the Theatre in Old Town and North Coast Repertory Theatre. For 3 years, David restaged the original choreography of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre. Other choreography credits include: Starlight Musical Theatre: Oklahoma!, Evita, Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Urinetown, Company, Sweeney Todd; Sierra Repertory Theatre: Suds, Oklahoma!, Something’s Afoot; Moonlight Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Route 66; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Lyric Opera San Diego: Fiddler on the Roof, Babes in Arms, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, Man of La Mancha, Blame it on the Movies, HMS Pinafore.
Sean Fanning (Set Designer)
Sean is a Southern California based scenic designer and Resident Artist of Cygnet, where he has designed over twenty productions including My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Maple & Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Shakespeare's R&J, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Parade, and many more. Elsewhere: Globe for All, A Doll's House, Plaid Tidings, KINGDOM (The Old Globe); Honky, In the Heights, Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Repertory); West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre, Spreckels Theatre); Menopause The Musical (Harrah's Las Vegas); Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Old Globe/USD). He holds an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from San Diego State University. See more of his work at
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Wigs/Makeup Design for My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd.  Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera, Disneyland, and various film and television projects. Film: Costume design for Ready? OK!  Peter currently teaches wigs and makeup at SDSU.
Marie Jahelka (Assistant Stage Manager)
Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool For Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre); Ether Dome, The Tall Girls, (La Jolla Playhouse); Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, Oscar and The Pink Lady, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2006 Shakespeare Festival, and Hayfever (The Old Globe Theatre); The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company); Mixtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre); This Wonderful Life, The Humbug Holiday Spectacular (North Coast Repertory Theatre).  Marie received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.  Marie would like to thank her husband, Robert, for his love and support.
Jacinda Johnston-Fischer (Costume Designer)
Jacinda is thrilled to be making her debut costume design with Cygnet Theatre. Previous costume design credits include: Trouble in Mind, Skinless, HickoryDickory (Moxie); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Diary of Anne Frank, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Arizona Repertory Theatre); Blood Wedding, Arcadia (Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts); The Pearl (PCPA Theatrefest). For the past three years she has worked closely with Cygnet as Wardrobe Maintenance, Dresser, and as a Box Office Associate. Jacinda holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Arizona, where she received a creative achievement award for her work in Costume Design. She would like to take the time to thank her colleagues, friends, and family for all their support.
Maria Mangiavellano (Stage Manager)
Maria is delighted to be working with Cygnet Theatre this summer on Dogfight and reunite with old friends Sean Murray and Bill Schmidt. Most of her work in San Diego in the last 12 years has been with Lamb's Players Theatre. Favorite productions there include: Wit, Metamorphoses, 1776, Around the World in 80 Days, An American Rhythm, The Glory Man, Enchanted April, Thunder at Dawn and many others. Locally, she has also Stage Managed for Moonlight Stage Productions, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre and, long ago, La Jolla Playhouse. She holds an MFA in Theatre from UCSD.
Chris Rynne (Lighting Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Design and installation of lighting system for the original Cygnet space in Rolando, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest/Travesties, Company, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003). Off-Broadway: The Pianist of Willesden Lane.  His other credits include The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events, architectural features, and lighting systems for new venues.
David Scott (Sound Designer)
David is a Sound Designer & Composer working in the greater San Diego area. David received a B.A. in Theatrical Design and Technology from San Diego State University in 2014, and will be attending SDSU for an MFA in Sound Design in Fall 2015. Credits: Clybourne Park (USD/The Old Globe), Water by the Spoonful (SDSU), Romeo & Juliet, The Laramie Project, The Baghdad Zoo (Film Adaptation), IN.Love, Hay Fever, Lysistrata, Crimes of the Heart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Syd Stevens (Properties Designer)
Syd is a multitalented fine artist, photographer, filmmaker and multimedia designer. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. Syd has contributed to numerous theatre productions, music videos, television productions, TV commercials and has worked both behind the scenes and in front of the camera on motion picture film productions. Syd is an accomplished fine artist and has had many public art, photography and digital multimedia exhibitions. He is also a community activist and covers current local events as a photojournalist and blogger. At Cygnet, Syd contributes his talents as Props Designer, Charge Artist and Set Painter. Other theatres include: Bailiwick Theater, Diversionary Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, Moxie Theatre, Northwestern University Theater Department, The Old Globe, San Diego Jr. Theatre, SDSU Department of Theatre, UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance. Syd has two National Youth Theatre Awards for Outstanding Set Design.
Taylor Wycoff (Dramaturg)
Taylor is delighted to be continuing her work as dramaturg for the Cygnet Theatre. Previous dramaturgical credits include The Whale, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool For Love, Pageant, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple & Vine, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, Playwrights in Process, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean (Cygnet); Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle dot dot); Kita y Fernanda, Yellow Face (Mo'olelo). She has presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference and the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium. She has taught for Playwrights Project and Kids Act, and is a graduate of Young Audiences Teaching Artist Institute.  Taylor received her BA in Theatre and International Relations from the University of San Diego.
Designer Showcase - Jul 21st @ 6:30PM
Go behind the scenes of Dogfight with the design team to get a glimpse into the process of creating this exciting production. Begins at 7:00pm, with Happy Hour beforehand. This is a FREE event. RSVP Required. Please contact the box office at 619-337-1525.
Social Media Night and
Tequila Tasting (NEW!)
Jul 24th @ 7:00PM
Cygnet Theatre is excited to partner with The Tequila Factory, Herradura, Partida, Tequila Avión, & Los Tres Tonos to bring patrons a festive and fun sampling of tequila before the show. Enjoy light appetizers as you get "social" on our beautiful Elaine Lipinsky patio. Share your thoughts on the show as you tweet from your seat during the performance. Follow @CygnetTheatre and use hashtag #DogfightMusical to get behind the scenes information, live as it's happening. Follow and interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram before the show and at intermission!
Out Night @ Cygnet - Jul 29th @ 6:30PM
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome! A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Theatre on Tap - Jul 31st @ 7:00PM
Join Cygnet for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's show is required to attend. Must be 21 to partake.
Friday Forum - Jul 31st @ 8:00PM
Friday Forum gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.
Wine Tasting Night - Aug 6th @ 6:30PM
Join Cygnet for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
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