Tuesday, October 18, 2022


27 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014


• 7:00 performance of HOUND DOG
• Post-show reception at Baker & Co.

Tickets: $250 ($175 is tax-deductible)

All proceeds support PlayCo’s productions of plays from around the globe!

For more information, please contact Development Assistant Olivia Sargent at osargent@playco.org

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Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey, based between London and New York, and recently named a “Women to Watch” by the Broadway Women’s Fund. She currently has a series in development with Skybound Entertainment, and the upcoming London premiere of musical play Hundred Feet Tall with Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams, adapted from their eponymous children’s book. She will also be voicing a role in a new audio series from the creators of “Archive 81.” Melis is the recipient of the Sundance Interdisciplinary Program grant and the New York Community Trust/Van Lier Fellowship. Melis was recently announced as Signature Theatre’s First LaunchPad Resident.


In Melis Aker’s world premiere play HOUND DOG, a young musician returns from abroad to her hometown of Ankara, Turkey to look after her widowed father. Forced to reckon with the family and community she left behind, an investigation into her grieving parent’s strange pilgrimage to Graceland unravels into a sonic mirage of memory packed with humor, nostalgia and the love we cultivate across generations. Directed by Machel Ross with music by Aker and the Lazours, this cross-cultural jam-session-meets-play explores the winding path towards forgiveness and belonging.

A co-production with Ars Nova.