Sundog Theatre’s inaugural production. Sundog Theatre, Staten Island’s new (at the time) North Shore resident acting company, premiered with an original comedy in October, 2002. Jason’s Journey, is a story about a lawyer. This one, however, quits his job to write “the definitive novel of the millennium” – only to be challenged by an unforeseen cavalcade of comedic events.
An original comedy by Steven Somerville
Produced by Susan Fenley
Directed by Thomas Uhm
Set & Light Design: Stephen Fehr
The Muddy Cup
388 Van Duzer Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
Sundog Theatre was created to present contemporary and classic theatre to Staten Island audiences with an emphasis on original works and developing playwrights. In addition to its regular productions, the Theatre planned to develop outreach and mentor programs for young people in 2003. Sundog’s management team has decades of professional experience in producing, operating, performing, and teaching theatre.
For its initial production, Sundog sought a theatre space on the North Shore of the Island. The Theatre didn’t have to search long. Muddy Cup owners Jim Svetz and Robb Huddleston had just converted the popular coffee house’s back room — an old bakery — into a 75-seat theatre with stage, lighting, and sound system. Sundog’s artistic director, Susan Fenley, saw the theatre and fell in love with it: “It was the perfect place to stage our first show — and to inaugurate the Muddy Cup as a theatre. The theatre’s ambiance and size are ideal for this original comedy, which is set in a cabin.” The room sports distressed brick walls, wood floors and beams, skylights, and comfortable seating. “It looks like a playhouse right out of Greenwich Village,” states Robb Huddleston. “One of our dreams was to be able to present theatre in this space.” With Sundog, that dream has become a reality.
Featuring: Kevin Gay, Robert Wilson Hancock*, Melissa Hemann, Catherine Overfelt*, Joseph Smith
*Member: Actors’ Equity Association