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August 19, 20, 26, 27 - 8PM

21, 28 - 7PM

The Little Dog Laughed

by. Douglas Carter Beane


The four characters are an actor, Mitchell, his acerbic agent Diane, a hustler named Alex, and Alex's girlfriend Ellen. When Mitchell and Alex become involved in a physical relationship, Diane is concerned that what she describes as Mitchell's "slight recurring case of homosexuality" will derail his career before it gets started.


Andy Braden  - (Mitchell Green)

Andy is excited to return to the FTE stage after a busy few years in local Fredericksburg community theater, and then a big big break (for some reason!). Andy was last seen in FTE's Nevermore.  Prior to that, audiences will remember him from Stagedoor Productions' Othello as Iago and with FTE as Don Pedro in Much Ado about Nothing. Among Andy's favorites role are Howie in Rabbit Hole, the titular role in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Tupolski in The Pillowman. He thanks his wife, Heather, and his children for their support and time to be able to perform.

Courtney Fox - she/her (Diane)

Priya is excited to be returning to the FTE stage after performing in Much Ado About Nothing and more recently Nevermore. She has been doing theatre in the Fredericksburg area for a little over 10 years with notable roles including Little Shop of Horrors, Ronette; Smokey Joe's Cafe, Brenda; Into the Woods; Stepmother, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Congregant (Riverside). She has also taught and directed at CYT - Fredericksburg. She attended East Tennessee State University where she studied vocal performance. Thank you all for supporting local theatre during these transitional times.


Justin Yates - (Alex)
Sam Cook (Billy) is excited to be back on stage at FTE in this production of The Goat or Who is Sylvia, He was last seen on the FTE stage in Bubble Boy as Shawn. Sam is a local actor seen more recently on the main stage at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Meet Me in St Louis. Other credits: Riverside: La Cage Aux Folles (Cagelle Swing), Peter and the Wolf (Peter), The Reluctant Dragon (Boy). LOW Players: The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke). Huge thanks to Devon and FTE for this opportunity, also to this amazing cast for making the process of an emotionally taxing show a crazy fun time! Love always to my friends and family for the endless support! Follow his ongoing antics with this cast and more on Instagram @thesamcook_ 


Brianne Cook - she/her (Ellen)

Performing credits: w/ Virginia Rep/Barksdale Theatre/Theatre IV - Cotton Patch Gospel, A Year With Frog and Toad (Toad), Lend Me a Tenor (Bellhop), The Producers (Leo u/s), The Lark (Charles), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Annie (Bert Healy). With Stage1 - Ragtime in Concert (Younger Brother), Summer of ’42 (RTCC Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical). For Riverside Center - Big River (Huck), Bye Bye Birdie (Albert), CATS (Mungojerrie), Camelot (Mordred). Directing  credits: Steel Magnolias (CCT), Hello Dolly! (LOW Players), Agnes of God, The House of Yes, Equus, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, The Pillowman (FTE), Godspell, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (FSA), The Secret Garden, Sleepy Hollow, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Riverside). Many thanks to Devon, Courtney, and Kylie for getting him back onstage. Chris is the current Artistic Director at FTE and  in his spare time he likes to say "fuck" a lot.  









Director ...... Christopher M. Stewart

Stage Manager ...... Tim Leece  

Assistant Stage Manager ......

Technical Director ......
Head of Production Design / Props ...... Kylie Clark 

Lighting Design ...... Josh Watson 

Pre-show Announcements ...... Stephanie Johnson


Special Thanks
Adventure Brewing Company







- Christopher M. Stewart | 2022


Douglas Carter Beane  is an American playwright and screenwriter. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Beane now lives in New York.[1][2][3] His works include the screenplay of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and several plays including The Country Club and The Little Dog Laughed, which was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play and As Bees in Honey Drown, which ran at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1997. Beane often writes works with sophisticated, "drawing room" humor.

Beane wrote the book for Xanadu, a stage musical adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name, adding new plot twists and humor parodying the original movie. The musical was workshopped in 2006 and early 2007 with director Christopher Ashley and actors Jane KrakowskiTony Roberts, and Cheyenne Jackson. The musical opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 10, 2007, with a budget of $5 million.[4] Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson were the Broadway leads. Beane won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

In 2011, Beane was hired to "doctor" the book for the musical Sister Act [5] alongside Bill and Cheri Steinkellner for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical.[6]

Beane wrote the book for the musical Lysistrata Jones and rewrote the book for a new adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella which opened on Broadway in 2013.[7][8] Also opening in 2013 was his new play for Lincoln CenterThe Nance, starring Nathan Lane and directed by Jack O'Brien.[8][9] Beane has revised the libretto for the Metropolitan Opera's new production of the operetta Die Fledermaus which was performed in 2013- 2014.[10]

Beane is the artistic director of the Drama Dept. Theater Company in New York.

Beane trained as an actor, graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York campus in 1980. He is very involved with his alma mater, workshopping new pieces with the students

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