In a haunting yet humorous mediation on hope, belief, and love, SUNDOGS tells the story of Joseph Garnier, a US Army vet who awakens hearing the pounding of drums. It is the first day of deer hunting season in his small western Pennsylvanian trailer community–the day before his unit’s deployment to Kuwait, after having served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Joe–desperate to cling to something constant in a life of transient fears–believes The Drums are the key to resurrecting the lost remaining meaning in his life, but not even he is prepared for what will perish and what will remain as the sun sets, long held secrets are revealed, and The Drums continue their crushing crescendo.
Howard Emanuel’s plays and musicals have been developed and workshopped by The Roundabout Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Naked Angels Theatre Company, Penguin Rep and The Flea Theatre, starring such actors as Chita Rivera, Ana Gasteyer, Tony Award-nominee Marin Ireland—and directed by Tony Award-Nominee Sheryl Kaller.
Howard co-wrote the screenplay to the independent feature My Name is David (which is premiering at the San Luis Obespo International Film Festival in March 2015), with Keith Powell, who played “Toofer” on 30 Rock. Additionally, he is developing a new musical THE THIRD ACT, with composer Paul Fujimoto and another new musical with Tony Yazbeck, current star of Broadway’s On The Town.
He has worked as a freelance writer for Double Take Comics and is a regular writer of theater and political benefits and fundraisers, for stars ranging from the late, great legend Elaine Stritch to Bernadette Peters.
As an actor, Howard has acted for regional theatres across the country, ranging from The Paper Mill Playhouse and The Pittsburgh CLO, to Houston TUTS and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He lives in New York with his partner of 15 years and their two parrots.