Detail from \"Naomi entreating Ruth and Orpah to return to the land of Moab,\" by William Blake, 1795.

Kitchen Dog's 21st Season

The 2011-'12 season features four women playwrights and two world premieres.

published Saturday, May 28, 2011

The 2011-'12 season for Kitchen Dog Theater has been announced (it's the 21st), and the first thing that pops out is that four of the five plays are by women playwrights. Two of them have Texas ties. In fact, one of them is a Dallas playwright, Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, who's play inspired by the biblical characters of Ruth and Naomi will have its world premiere. Another world premiere is Collapse, by Allison Moore, a K-Dog favorite and Southern Methodist University alum.

Interestingly, the second show of the season is the regional premiere of 26 Miles by Quiara Alegria Hudes. That show was also just announced on Fort Worth's Artes de la Rosa's 2011-'12 season, and will open a few weeks after Kitchen Dog opens it.

Here's the scoop on Kitchen Dog's season, from its news release.


IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl   * Regional Premiere*

 ““A fanciful but compassionate consideration of the treatment, and the mistreatment, of women in the late 19th century, [IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY is a] spirited and stimulating (sorry) new comedy from one of the country’s brightest young playwrights” – The New York Times

The Play:  At the dawn of the electrical age, a new medical device is developed to pacify “hysterical” women, but it produces a shockingly different result.  This richly textured comedy about marriage, motherhood and the charged energy between our bodies was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards and was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Playwright: MacArthur Fellowship recipient Sarah Ruhl’s plays include THE CLEAN HOUSE (Susan Smith Blackburn award, 2004), MELANCHOLY PLAY, EURYDICE, LATE: A COWBOY SONG, ORLANDO, and PASSION PLAY. In 2003, she was the recipient of a Helen Merrill Award and a Whiting Writers’ award.

Director: KDT Company Member Jonathan Taylor

Theater: Heldt/Hall  

Dates: September 9- October 8, 2011


26 MILES by Quiara Alegria Hudes * Regional Premiere*

“26 MILES combines some of the far-out theatricality of Hudes’s earliest plays with the structural control of ELLIOT. Olivia’s private journey is a wild, once-in-a-lifetime road trip with her mother—a fantasy made real. It is Philadelphia meeting the landscape of the Wild American West, with all the longing and abandon that convergence implies.” – American Theater Magazine

The Play:  Eight years after a Cuban mother loses custody of her Jewish daughter, she is given a second chance.  At 4:30 in the morning she kidnaps the sick teenage girl and the two drive west in search of a remedy and their divergent American dreams.

The Playwright: Quiara Alegria Hudes is a resident writer at New Dramatists and the Joyce Fellow at the Goodman Theatre.  Her plays include Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS,BARRIO GRRRL! (book and lyrics, Helen Hayes nomination for Theater for Young Audiences), A SOLDIER”S FUGUE (Pulitzer Prize finalist), and YEMAYA’S BELLY (The Clauder Prize).

Director: KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker

Theater: Heldt/Hall

Dates: November 11 – December 10, 2011

**No Performance on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24**


COLLAPSE by KDT Company Member Allison Moore  *NNPN Rolling World Premiere*

“Moore skillfully builds her comedy as much from character and evolving situations as she does from jarring juxtapositions of topic and tone… As therapeutic as Moore makes it to laugh at the characters' complex problems - and attendant therapies - by the end, they've earned their compassion.” – San Francisco Chronicle

The Play:  Hannah is trying desperately to hold the façade of her perfect life together, even as her husband mysteriously calls in sick to work day after day.  The couple struggles with infertility, and Hannah herself is on the verge of being laid off.  When her sister appears on their doorstep, she brings with her a feisty, renegade attitude and an illicit package that sends the family on an odyssey into some of the quirkier corners of Minneapolis and into the heart of their deepest fears.  This comedy about surviving and transcending was inspired by the 2007 collapse of the Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis.

The Playwright: Allison Moore’s work has been developed or read at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, InterAct Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club; and produced at KDT, Actor's Express, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Playwrights' Center, among others. Ms. Moore has received two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, and the Iowa Arts Fellowship.

Director: KDT Co-Artistic Director Christopher Carlos

Theater: Heldt/Hall

Dates: February 3 – March 3, 2012


THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James; adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

“A rich, supercilious mystery man. A spooky old house. Two beautiful but enigmatic children. An innocent, friendless young governess. And plenty of eerie apparitions…let the shivers fall where they may?” – The New York Times

The Play: A naïve young woman is hired by an enigmatic, wealthy Londoner to care for his orphaned niece and nephew.  Once at his remote country estate, ghostly phantoms begin appearing to the governess, leading her to question her sanity, and the children’s innocence.

The Playwright: Jeffrey Hatcher’s award-winning plays have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally across the US and abroad.  His work includes THREE VIEWINGS, SCOTLAND ROAD, A PICASSO, and the adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, where, as in THE TURN OF THE SCREW, few actors play many roles.   His screenplays include STAGE BEAUTY, CASANOVA, and THE DUCHESS.

Director: KDT Company Member Christina Vela

Theater: Black Box

Dates: March 30 – April 28, 2012



MAINSTAGE: RUTH by KDT Company  Member Vicki Caroline Cheatwood  *World Premiere*

“Wherever you go, I go. Where you sleep, I will sleep…” – The Book of Ruth

The Play:  RUTH is the powerful retelling of the Hebrew/Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi, setting it in contemporary American history, focusing on the issue of immigration

The Playwright:  Vicki Caroline Cheatwood has been awarded a Dallas Theater Critics Forum award (MANICURES & MONUMENTS), the Best New Play award from the Southwest Theater Association and the Robert Bone Memorial Playwriting Award (FITS & STARTS: THE SACRED HEART), and the Special Jury Gold Award at Worldfest Film Festival (for screenplay AIR) and has been a finalist for the Austin Film Festival (10:10), the Heideman Award (THE RISEN CHRIS, Actors Theater of Louisville), The Julie Harris Playwright Award (AN HOUR SOUTH), and the Eileen Heckart Drama Award (MANICURES & MONUMENTS).  Her plays have been produced at Vital Theatre, Access Theatre and Actors’ Stock Company, NYC.


In association with the critically acclaimed National New Play Network, KDT is delighted to announce its 14th annual celebration of the newest and most exciting voices and visions of the American Theater. In addition to the mainstage production of Ruth, this year’s festival will also feature six staged readings of plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from across the country, 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.

Director: KDT Company Member Tim Johnson

Theaters: Heldt/Hall & Black Box

Dates: May 25 – June 23, 2012


A KDT Five Play Season Subscription is $100. KDT Season Subscription benefits include: advance seating at performances, advance invitations to special Kitchen Dog events, such as the killer HOOCH-N-POOCH gala, complimentary ticket exchanges, a free single-use guest pass  for productions ( if subscribed by August 1, 2011), email reservations and discounts on other events at the MAC and NNPN theaters nationwide. A  FLEX PASS, which gives a patron five single-use admissions to use however they want throughout the season, is $125. Kitchen Dog will also continue to offer an “easy-pay” subscription, where the customer can pay for their subscription by credit card in three monthly installments.

Single ticket prices range from $15-$30 for all productions. Discounts are available for members of the MAC, TCG, KERA, STAGE, DART, ArtsCard, students and senior citizens/60+ (all with proper ID). Group rates are also available. All performances will be held at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (the MAC) at 3120 McKinney Avenue. Pay-What-You-Can performances are available for the first 25 walk-up tickets on Wednesday & Thursday evenings. “Talk- Backs” with the director and cast follow the Sunday matinee performances. Seating for all performances is general admission.

Subscription tickets are available for purchase as of June 1, 2011. Single Tickets for all individual shows will go officially on sale August 1, 2011. For subscription and/or ticket information, please call the Kitchen Dog Theater box office at 214-953-1055 or check on our website: www.kitchendogtheater.orgThanks For Reading

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