Working Group Theatre presents an intimate performance of ‘Dogs of Rwanda’ at the Englert

The Englert Theatre
Working Group Theatre presents Dogs of Rwanda this Friday at The Englert Theatre. — photo by Adam Burke

Dogs of Rwanda

Englert Theatre — Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

This Friday at the Englert, Working Group Theatre presents Dogs of Rwanda, an intimate production written, directed and performed by Sean Christopher Lewis, the theatre company’s co-founder and artistic director.

The hour-long play is set mostly in 1994 and tells the story of David, a 16-year-old who has travelled to Uganda to build houses for those in need and ends up helping a young Rwandan boy escape genocide. The play explores the visceral, timeless themes of forgiveness in moments of tragedy.

Dogs of Rwanda debuted in February 2014 at CSPS Hall, and it returns this Friday to the Englert as part of Working Group Theatre’s In The Raw series. The series puts the audience and performer on stage together to create an intimate storytelling experience.

“It puts you really close to the actors,” said Craig Owsley, a box office associate at the Englert. “You can really see what they’re emoting. It’s the difference between seeing a band in a small club or seeing them in an arena.”

Lewis has written several plays and has been featured as a correspondent on NPR’s This American Life. He also wrote and directed the film These Hopeless Savages, which premiered at Mission Creek Festival last year.