From the author of True Grit
February 11 – March 8, 2015

by Charles Portis
Adapted by Judd Parkin | Directed by Jane Jones

Pay What You Will Previews: Feb 11, 12
Preview: Feb 13
Opening Night: Saturday, Feb 14

Running time: 95 minutes, no intermission.

]This comic road-trip adventure has been called Portis’s real masterpiece. When protagonist Ray Midge follows the trail of his missing wife, her lover—and most importantly his blue Torino—he’s besieged by tropical storms, scammers, and hippies as he makes his way on a wild ride from Arkansas to Belize. A writers’ favorite, Roy Blount Jr. recommends, “Don’t die until you’ve read The Dog of the South.


Thomas J. Foster
Jim Gall*
Jorge Gomez
Gin Hammond*
Suzy Hunt*
Shannon Loys
Nikolai Mell
Christopher Morson
Bill Ritchie
Cheyenne B. Reynosa
Joshua C. Williamson

Artistic Team
Christopher Mumaw, Scenic Designer
Chelsea Cook, Costume Designer
Marnie Cumings, Lighting Designer
Nathan Wade, Sound Designer
Kathleen Le Coze, Properties Master
Anthea Carns, Dramaturg
Gin Hammond, Dialect Coach

Laura Karavitis*, Stage Manager
David Hartig, Assistant Stage Manager


Sweet Agony of Adaptation: Interview with Judd Parkin
Encore Arts Seattle, 2/10/15

Must Watch: Guy Dupree helps MJ out with the weather on Q13Fox
Q13Fox News, 2/10/15

Five Friday Questions with Christopher Morson
Encore Arts Seattle, 2/13/15

Take a Road Trip to Sweet Hilarity in Book-It’s THE DOG OF THE SOUTH
Broadway World, 2/16/15

Artists in the Audience: The Dog of the South
Encore Arts Seattle, 2/17/15

The Dog of the South
Seattle Actor, 2/17/15

The Dog of the South: A Lost Ford Leads to Latin America
Seattle Weekly, 2/17/15

The Dog of the South – Review
NW Adventures, 2/19/15

‘Dog of the South’: A road trip with a few detours
Seattle Times, 2/19/15

A Wacky Trip to British Honduras at Book-It
Seattle PI, 2/20/15

Dog of the South
Drama in the Hood, 2/20/15

“The Dog of the South” produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre
Arts Stage Seattle Rage, 2/21/15



Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany
edited by Jay Jennings

Like Cormac McCarthy, but Funny
by Ed Park

Of Gnats and Men: A New Reading of Portis
by Ron Rosenbaum

It’s Time to Give Charles Portis His Due
by Maud Newton

Charles Portis, a Journalist with True Grit
by Jay Jennings

A String of Maybes: Speculating the Elusive Charles Portis
by Aaron Gilbreath

Books by Portis

  • 1966: Norwood
  • 1968: True Grit
  • 1979: The Dog of the South
  • 1985: Masters of Atlantis
  • 1991: Gringos