We didn’t rent the Back Alley as we never wanted “guest” productions confused with ours, but we sometimes, judiciously, made the theatre available for co-productions of material we liked. One of these was PUTTING ON THE DOG by Frederick Bailey. He pretty much always directed his own work and this was no exception. In his words, “I am interested in studying human behavior, under pressure, in isolation…The hope is that it will also be fun.”
Fred was part of a creative group of folks who lived in Topanga Canyon and was a founding member of Canyon Pictures, a theatre and film production company with partners Beth Henley, Stephen Tobolowsky, William Utay, Bruce Wright, William B. Steis and Joe Clark.