DALLAS- Kitchen Dog Theater (KDT), a founding core member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), is thrilled to announce the official lineup for the twentieth anniversary of its annual New Works Festival (NWF). To celebrate this landmark event, KDT is offering an expanded series of nine staged readings over three weekends in prime time. Showcasing some of the newest and most exciting voices and visions in contemporary theater, the winning plays are selected from almost 850 annual submissions from around the globe and will feature a strong cadre of DFW's most accomplished actors and directors.
Highlights of the 2018 festival include:
· Debut of DFW Local Slot: Designated slot will feature work from a playwright who currently works and resides in DFW. 2018 Fest will feature Blake Hackler
· Festival Favorites Return: Steve Yockey (Blackberry Winter, The Thrush and the Woodpecker, Mainstages and Merc
· Art Across State Lines: KDT has embarked on a NNPN pilot playwright exchange program called “Cross-Pollination” this year alongside sister theaters Cleveland Public Theatre and InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia. The theaters identify plays grown in their own backyards poised for larger prominence and then pair their local playwrights with a theater sharing their artistic values. In turn, each theater works with a playwright outside its sphere of influence and each playwright develops a relationship with a producing organization to which they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to connect.
· Landmark Year: Not only does KDT’s Festival celebrate its 20th anniversary but the National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, turns 20 as well.
· PUP Learns New Tricks: As a outgrowth of our D-PAC partnership with Dallas ISD and Junior Players, the 17th annual Playwrights Under Progress (PUP) Fest will also include the inaugural year of a professionally-led acting intensive workshop in addition to its regularly scheduled play rehearsals for all of the PUP Fest student participants.
· National Directors Fellow (NDF) at KDT: A prestigious nationwide program, the NDF was created by the NNPN in conjunction with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. NDF Laley Lippard comes to KDT from Chicago and will direct WELCOME TO MATTESON! on June 15.
This year's Staged Reading Series includes:
CATHERINE OR THE GIRL FROM T-MOBILE by KDT Artistic Company Member Jenny Ledel
Friday, June 1 at 8pm - *Playwright in attendance*
Fresh out of community college, and on break from her job at T-Mobile, Cathy heads to the big apple to stay with a family friend. With few to zero friends at home and poor self-confidence, Cathy meets new peers in New York and struggles to do what it takes to be a good friend and survive the city with the ease and fun a young person is supposed to have.
LIPSTICK by Alice Stanley – * WINNER -2018 KDT/UT MFA SLOT*
Saturday, June 2 at 8pm - *Playwright in attendance*
LIPSTICK is a love letter of a play to the queer community, in the shape of a silly, sweet farce. High levels of hijinks ensue when Anna attempts to determine if her dinner with Kelly is actually a date - with "help" and hindrance from a cavalcade of uninvited visitors (and the appearance of a dildo or two... or twelve).
THINGS THAT ARE ROUND by Callie Kimball
Sunday, June 3 at 2pm
Tetherly, a dentist specializing in existential terror, and Nina, an opera singer who just might be the worst babysitter ever, square off in a strange ballet of truth or dare. But is this a game anyone can even win? Thelma and Louise meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on steroids.
CHANNEL by John Jiler
Friday, June 8 at 8pm
A volatile white actor and an erudite black doctor come together, in an explosive way, over the illness of a child….and provoke deep questions about the power and limits of medicine and art.
WHAT WE WERE by Blake Hackler - * WINNER 2018 LOCAL SLOT*
Saturday, June 9 at 8pm - *Playwright in attendance*
WHAT WE WERE is set in East Texas over a span of two decades, tracing the lives of three sisters: Nell, Tessa, and Carlin, whose adult lives have been impacted by a childhood of abuse. Weaving scenes from the past and present, this story is a meditation on responsibility, on what we do to cope, and on the very difficult work of healing.
RASTUS AND HATTIE by Lisa Langford
*NNPN Cross-Pollination Project with InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia) & Cleveland Public Theater *
Sunday, June 10 at 2pm - *Playwright in Attendance*
Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic Black robots make them confront their ideas about race.
WELCOME TO MATTESON! by Inda Craig-Galván, directed by National Directors Fellow Laley Lippard
Friday, June 15 @ 8pm
A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently (forcibly) relocated from Chicago's roughest housing project — and it's anything but welcoming. A dark intra-racial comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the "other” when the other looks just like us.
GASPER by Zayd Dohrn
Saturday, June 16 @ 8pm
Sarah's a gasper. Her boyfriend Benny's a breather. Her mom's a drunk, her sister's dead, and Sarah is slowly suffocating. A play about loss, love, and erotic asphyxiation.
REYKJAVÍK by Steve Yockey
Sunday, June 17 @ 2pm
In the city of Reykjavík, we eavesdrop on the intertwined lives of lovers, hospitality workers, partygoers, and even a really handsome bird or two. This frank exploration of honesty in relationships offers a glimpse into a cold, dark, magical, and sometimes violent world where everyone still hopes to find joy beneath the glow of the Northern Lights.
PUP FEST 2018, June 16th at 1pm & 4pm - FREE!
This year's Festival also features the seventeenth year of Playwrights Under Progress (PUP) Fest, a unique project, co-produced with D-PAC, a newly-minted alliance between KDT, Dallas ISD and local youth organization Junior Players. Written and performed by some of the Metroplex's finest high school talent, this year's PUP Fest will feature an afternoon of six world premiere staged readings developed through playwriting workshops with local celebrated playwrights David Goodwin, who’s also a Kitchen Dog Artistic Company Member, and Erin Burdette. This year’s fest will also feature an acting intensive workshop for all PUP student participants, led by PUP Fest alum Montgomery Sutton and KDT Artistic Company Member Tim Johnson.