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The Found Dog Ribbon Dance

Dominic Finocchiaro
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In the Pacific Northwest live Norma, a professional cuddler and reluctant dog-rescuer, and Norm, an amateur ribbon-dancer and attentive barista. Together they navigate loneliness, vulnerability, a collection of eccentric characters, and the healing power of human connection.

Production Info

Cast: 9 total (3 female, 6 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“It starts off easy, sweet and very funny. Norma is a professional cuddler. Now I have heard of professional cuddlers but to my knowledge I have never met one nor have I ever understood the what, why and wherefore of their ‘profession.’ Nevertheless there she is engaging in her cuddling work. Also just to get things off to a weird and wonderful start there we see on stage Dog, not just a dog but the Dog who as it turns out is a human man barking and otherwise behaving like one would expect of a dog. Seems the dog got lost from its owners and found its way into the care of Norma. But Norma wants very much to return the dog to its real owners and to that end visits the local coffee shop and posts a photo of the dog directing the owner where to find her and the dog. Yes, yes I know this is all rather strange but hang in there, it gets even better. At the coffee shop she is met by a barista, a fellow by the name of Norm. Seems Norm is a huge fan of the late great Whitney Houston. In fact Norm routinely takes video of himself dancing in a very flamboyant manner to Houston music. At first their encounter is rather stressed. But slowly Norm and Norma begin to develop a very much unexpected relationship. As the story unfolds what becomes obvious is that both Norm and Norma have been long suffering from a failed relationship, shattered love and ultimately deep loneliness. This is when the story begins to turn. What starts as wild, outlandish and funny morphs into something far deeper. But I will not spoil the story for you … It is one of those all too rare theatrical presentations that reaches beyond the easy and superficial and probes both heart and mind. For this I also salute playwright Dominic Finocchiaro. Want to see something remarkably unique and richly entertaining? … Just what you are looking for.” —Ron Irwin, Los Angeles Post-Examiner

“Wow! … The kind of play you’ll want to tell all your romcom-loving friends (and just about anyone else in search of smart, funny, heartstrings-tugging, feel-good new theater) not to miss.” —Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

“Recommended … Finocchiaro is a fine comic talent.” —Gray Palmer, Stage Raw

About the Author


  • Dominic Finocchiaro

    Dominic Finocchiaro is a Brooklyn-based playwright, performer, and freelance dramaturg. Dominic Finocchiaro's full-length plays include BROTHER BROTHER, BRUT, COMPLEX, THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE, GOLD PERSON, THE LUCKY LADIES (SOMEDAY YOU WILL BE LOVED), MOTHER'S SON, and TREES IN THEIR YOUTH. His writing has been produced and developed around the country, including with Roundabout Theatre, the New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Echo Theater, the Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, the Lark Play Development Center, the National New Play Network, Portland Center Stage, the Flea Theater, the Kennedy Center, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Dixon Place, and the Amoralists. MacDowell and Ucross Fellow. BA Reed College, MFA Columbia University.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/24/2019
Pages 114
ISBN 9780881458282

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:
The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Found Dog Ribbon Dance is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


4/4/2024 – 4/6/2024
Middlebury College, Theatre Dept.
Middlebury, VT

2/6/2024 – 2/6/2024
American Stage Theatre Company
Largo, FL

2/17/2023 – 2/18/2023
Eldred Theater
Cleveland, OH