MTR Presents: Dogfight

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

Directed by Austin Karkowsky
Music Directed by Katie Kivinski
Choreographed by Zach Manske

The Massman Theatre at USC
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:30PM
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM & 11:00 PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

DOGFIGHT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Musical Theatre Repertory at USC
Musical Theatre Repertory at the University of Southern California was established in 2005 and is dedicated to enriching students’ lives through the production of quality musical theatre. As the only student theatre group committed to producing musicals at USC, our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to participate in musical theatre pieces supplementary to those produced by USC. Find us online at for more information about the company, donations, ticketing details, upcoming events, production stills, and even a few production videos! Thank you for supporting the arts and we can't wait to see you at our upcoming shows!

MTR is run exclusively by USC students. We receive no outside support from faculty or professional companies. Since our company is entirely student-run, each one of us puts in an enormous amount of time and effort to bring our productions to the stage. That being said, our financial resources are limited and our student production designers rely on the support of our donors to bring their designs to life.  Funds we raise will be used to cover costs associated with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery, props, royalties, venue rentals and more. These key elements are vital not only in helping our production reach its full potential but also in providing design students with valuable production opportunities!

If you donate $100 or more to our production, you are guaranteed 2 reserved seats to a performance of your choosing. No need to come to the theater early to get the best seats in the house!

This musical was the first show the now-legendary composing duo Pasek & Paul brought to New York. We are thrilled to be bringing a piece crafted by the minds behind Dear Evan Hansen to the students of USC. We believe that Dogfight tells the story of a world in which people are led to blindly follow societal norms rooted in generations before them without questioning moral implications, and what happens when this world is challenged. The musical follows a group of young Marines on the evening of November 21, 1963, their last night in the U.S. before heading to Vietnam. It is a beautiful story about how a person, a song, and an evening have the power to transform somebody forever.

This campaign will drastically increase the caliber of our performance, and we hope that by producing high-quality independent student productions, we can support other student groups to provide as many opportunities as possible for USC students! MTR has been producing musicals for and by the students during the past two decades now. Our goal for this year is to expand and further support the SDA community by providing valuable career and professional events, such as dance workshops, alumni networking events, audition preparation workshops and more. If you would like to learn more about all that we do as a company, check out our website.

Lily Castle as Rose Fenny
Sam Guillemette as Pete/Lounge Singer
Taylor Kass as Marcy
Piper Kingston as Mama
Sunny Malhotra as Fector
Terry Mullany as Eddie Birdlace
Daniel Murphy Bernstein
David Shadman as Boland
Alex Oliva as Stevens
Sebastian Rabassa as Gibbs
Alejandra Villanueva as Ruth Two Bears

Directed by Austin Karkowsky
Music Directed by Katie Kivinski
Choreographed by Zach Manske
Assistant Director: Tata Vivas
Associate Choreographer: Erica Ammerman
Scenic Design by Jordan Fox
Scenic Assistants: Zoya Naqvi & Harrison Newton
Costume Design by Natalie Pesqueira
Properties Design by Damaris Eddy
Lighting Design by Edward Hansen
Assistant Lighting Designer: Payton Truszkowski
Sound Design by Joy Cheever
Technical Direction by Jordan Fox
Stage Management by Domenica Diaz
Assistant Stage Manager: Beth Yeo
Produced by Tyler Joseph Ellis and Sarah Campbell
Graphic Design by Joy Cheever

President: Tyler Joseph Ellis
Production Manager: Jamie Salinger 
Treasurer: Jordan Fox
Secretary: Austin Karkowsky
Public Relations: Beth Yeo
Members at Large: Erica Ammerman, Sarah Campbell, Joy Cheever, Abbey Harris, Stephen Jung, Austin Karkowsky, Nick Kassoy, Katie Kivinski, Zach Manske, Natalie Pesqueira, Cole Slater, and Tata Vivas
Faculty Advisor: Parmer Fuller


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  • Laurie Karkowsky 
    • $250 
    • 8 mos
  • Amina Haque 
    • $150 
    • 8 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 9 mos
  • Leonardo Vivas 
    • $40 
    • 9 mos
  • Gerry Karkowsky 
    • $300 
    • 9 mos
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Los Angeles, CA
Jordan Fox 
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