Big Dawg Productions

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Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. These are the familiar opening words to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and these words also open a play called Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, presented by Big Dawg ProductionsWhen I discovered two (mostly) comic Wilmington actors were playing the lead roles, I thought the show would be a comedy. But Steve Vernon, playing Scrooge, and Randy Davis, playing Marley, explained that the show is (mostly) a drama. It's clear that both these actors are absolutely in love with this show. Listen above. 

Big Dawg Productions

This season, Big Dawg Productions has produced plays in pairs-"companion pieces." Tonight through Sunday, Big Dawg's latest, The 39 Steps, completes its run at the Cape Fear Playhouse; it's the first of a pair of Hitchcock adaptations. Artistic Director Steve Vernon talks about this play and gives a tiny preview of its companion piece opening in two weeks: The Birds Attack. Listen here:


Steve Vernon bought the script for the one-woman show Becoming Dr. Ruth for Big Dawg Productions, but it turned out it wouldn't fit into the season. The script was so compelling, Vernon really wanted to get it on-stage, so he partnered with Panache Theatre to make it happen.

Frank Trimble is a local actor, director, a professor in Communications Studies, a lyricist, and a composer. He has authored several musicals, including Fly Right, Ebeneezer, and Noah. Trimble's Extra! Extra! The Musical premiered in 2013; since then, he's reshaped the piece, now produced by Big Dawg Productions.  The show has 4 more performances June 9-12, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 3:00.

Lee Lowrimore has gathered some of Wilmington's finest actors for his upcoming project (see cast list below). They gather under Lowrimore's direction of The Real Inspector Hound.  This comic parody by award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard opens on Thursday, April 28 and runs through Sunday, May 15 at Big Dawg's Cape Fear Playhouse.  

We had director Randy Davis visit us in the studio to talk about the show onstage now at Cape Fear Playhouse: Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.  This weekend (March 17-20) is the last opportunity to see this classic Neil Simon comedy produced by Big Dawg Productions. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, or by calling 910-367-5237.

One More Youth Play: "The Coffee House" This Weekend

Jan 19, 2016


Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sara Ruhl debuted 5 years ago.  Interpretations of the meaning of the show go in various directions...Absurd.  Existential.  Post-modern contemplative examination of human relationship in this age of ubiquitous technology.  It depends on who you talk to.

"Miss Firecracker" at Cape Fear Playhouse

Jul 30, 2015

Big Dawg Productions has 2 productions staged simultaneously-The Hermit of Fort Fisher is at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre through August 2, while "The Miss Firecracker Contest" is on the stage of the Cape Fear Playhouse.

Youth "New Play Festival" Revived at Big Dawg

Apr 6, 2015

For many years, Virginia (Ginny) Davis was the guiding force behind the New Play Festival with Big Dawg Productions.  After Ginny passed away, the festival faded into the background.

This year, Laura Smith is working with Big Dawg to revive the 5-year-dormant festival, and she's got what it takes to make it happen.  Laura was a participant of the youth play festival under the direction of Ginny Davis several years ago.

Director Anthony Lawson and actor/comic Jamey Stone joined us to talk about the latest play by Big Dawg Productions, Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor."

The comedy runs March 12-29, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm at the Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street.   For information on tickets and more about the show, visit Big Dawg

Alexa Doran

Artistic Director of Big Dawg Productions, Steve Vernon is directing  the upcoming show  "The Hermit of Fort Fisher" by David Wright. Eben French Mastin stars as Robert E. Harrill, who lived in a WWII bunker at Fort Fisher for many years and became quite a tourist attraction. The show highlights interactions with the family he left behind and the visitors he enjoyed. It runs September 4-21, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundaya at 3pm at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street.

Guest host Gina Gambony spoke with actors Randy Davis and Vanessa Welch who play a married couple in Dearly Departed for Big Dawg Productions.  (They’re married in real life too!)T

The show runs through June 22nd. More information on the show at bigdawgproductions.org 

Jemila Ericson

Today I talked with director Nick Smith and actress Susan Auten about Big Dawg Productions’ staging of Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade.  It opens Thursday and runs for three weeks – Thursday through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3.  Full Information: BigDawgProductions.org

WHQR

Jemila spoke with Playwright John Grudzien and actor/director Steve Vernon talk about Pole Vaulting Over Skyscrapers – Five New Plays. The five original short plays will premier tonight, January 16, 8pm at the Cape Fear Playhouse.

Imaginary Theatre Company presents Venus in Fur by David Ives.  Director Lee Lowrimore and actress Anna Stromberg tell us about this daring, erotic, mysterious comic drama.  It stars Anna Stromberg and Mike O’Neill.

The show opens this week at Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle Street.  It runs Thursday-Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 through June 23.  Tickets at BigDawgProductions.org