Announcing Kitchen Dog Theater’s 2016-17 Season!
Kitchen Dog Theater's 26th Season will take place at TRINITY RIVER ARTS CENTER (TRAC), the theater's temporary residence located at 2600 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 180, Dallas, TX 75207
A Stain Upon the Silence: Beckett’s Bequest by various playwrights
October 7 - October 29, 2016
“Samuel Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century.” – Cambridge University Press
An evening of rarely performed short plays celebrating the lasting influence and legacy of Samuel Beckett through four generations of playwrights. Featured plays include: A Piece of Monologue and Rockaby by Samuel Beckett, Tongues by Sam Shepard & Joseph Chaikin, the regional premieres of Pickling by Suzan-Lori Parks and Behold the Coach, in a Blazer, Uninsured by Will Eno, and the world premiere of a newly KDT commissioned play, Lisa, My Friend, by rising star Abe Koogler.
Director: KDT Artistic Company Member Tim Johnson
Feathers and Teeth by Charise Castro Smith, *Regional Premiere*
November 18 - December 17, 2016
““A dark comedy with real bite”— Chicago Tribune
There’s a monster living in Chris’ home, but that’s not even her worst nightmare. What was your greatest fear as a child? Monsters under your bed? Creatures in your closet? What if the scariest thing imaginable wasn’t an evil beast, but a person invading your home? Thirteen-year-old Chris is going to have to face her biggest fears when a mysterious woman moves into her home and hijacks her once-perfect family life. Will she make it out alive? Shrouded in fear of the unknown, Feathers and Teeth is a new horror comedy with plenty of bite.
Director: KDT Artistic Company Member Lee Trull
Paper Flowers by Égon Wolff, translated by Margaret Peden *Regional Premiere*
February 17 - March 11, 2017
“Mr. Wolff skillfully creates a suspenseful, often gripping tale, as though he were developing a mystery story.” --The New York Times
A lonely woman accepts the offer of a taciturn vagrant to carry groceries from the supermarket back to her apartment. When she invites him into her refined home, she begins an unexpected encounter with a man who is not what he claims to be, as she finds that he intends to occupy her life as well as her house. A compelling collision between a woman and a man, a past and a present, and the disruption of a social order which is far more complex than we might think.
Co-Directors/Co-Stars: KDT Artistic Director Christopher Carlos KDT Artistic Company Member Christie Vela
Trevor by Nick Jones, *Area Premiere*
April 14 - May 6, 2017
“this fable, inspired by actual occurrences, is structurally ingenious, animal and human perspectives interweaving in ways that swerve from hilarious to heartbreaking to house-stilling” – Los Angeles Times
Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly...at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity.
Director: KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker
Br’er Cotton by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, *World Premiere*
June 9 - July 1, 2017
Anchor Mainstage Production of the 2017 New Works Festival
The Play: Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by all the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14 year old “militant,” incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boy’s anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, and no one seems to notice but him. He’s out to save the world, wake up the zombies, and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter.
Director: Rhonda Boutte
NEW WORKS FESTIVAL & PLAYWRIGHTS UNDER PROGRESS (PUP) FEST
KDT is delighted to announce its 19th annual celebration of the newest and most exciting voices and visions of the American Theater. In addition to the mainstage anchor production, this year’s festival will also feature six staged readings of plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from across the globe, as well as our annual PUP (Playwrights Under Progress) Fest, an afternoon of short plays written and performed by some of the Metroplex’s finest youth talent, co-produced with Junior Players.
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