In this two-part interview, Thomas Riccio talks to Tina Parker and Christopher Carlos, co-artistic directors of Kitchen Dog Theater. They discuss the group's origins, the trust factor within the company, the group's role in the community, involvement in the National New Play Network and other topics.
Kitchen Dog Theater was founded in 1990 by five graduates of the MFA Theater Program at Southern Methodist University. The group is one of the founding theaters of the National New Play Network, in which it is actively involved. Kitchen Dog has always maintained a love for contemporary work, occasionally delving into new looks at classics, from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to this spring's production of Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs. The group's name is taken from Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. In that play, the "kitchen dog" is a symbol of the victim/participant in our society's seemingly endless cycle of ignorance and injustice.
- Read our review of the New Works Festival cabaret performance of Tim Johnson's One: Man. Show here
- Read our review of the New Works Festival mainstage production of Octavio Solis' Se Llama Cristina, part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere, here
- Read our interview with Octavio Solis here
- See a schedule of staged readings in the New Works Festival here
Riccio is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, a playwright, director, world traveler and theater-maker. In the spring of 2010, he wrote a series of essays for TheaterJones about his experience with making theater in Ethiopia in 2009. The first of those, which links to the others, is here. Earlier this year, he spent time in Nepal and India, areas he'll explore more in the coming years (and write about for us). In 2011, he started his own theater company, Dead White Zombies, which is currently doing a bold and tough-to-watch, but still unforgettable, production of an immersive play called T.N.B., performed in a former "drug stash" house in West Dallas, near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. (Look for a review of that show on TheaterJones this week.)
Click each audio link below to hear both parts of the interview, which was conducted in January, 2013. The player will open in a new window, so you can listen while you do other stuff on the Internet (preferably on our site). And if you get a message that a plug-in is needed, it's because your browser needs a Flash plug-in. (Volume varies, so you'll have to adjust accordingly.)
Coming up in Thomas Riccio's audio interviews with theater-makers in DFW, look for conversations with David Meglino of the Festival of Independent Theatres and T.J. Walsh of Trinity Shakespeare Festival, among others.