Eugene Ionesco

Kitchen Dog's New Season

In 2012-13, Kitchen Dog Theater will have regional premieres by Gina Gionfriddo, Kate Fodor and Octavio Solis, plus a masterwork from Eugene Ionesco.

published Friday, July 20, 2012

The 2012-'13 season for Kitchen Dog Theater has finally been announced, coming a few months later than this group normally gets to a season announcement. But looks like it was worth the wait.

The season has two regional premieres: Gina Gionfriddo's 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist Becky Shaw, which opens the season, and Kate Fodor's RX, which was presented off-Broadway earlier this year.

The New Works Festival will give us a mainstage production by former Dallas playwright Octavio Solis, who back in the '90s had work produced at Dallas Theater Center and Undermain Theatre. The new work, Se Llama Cristina, is part of a "rolling premiere," meaning that like KDT's recent production of Allison Moore's Collapse, it is also being produced by other theaters in the National New Play Network. Another production is scheduled for 2013 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.

Kitchen Dog is also doing something at its New Works Festival that it hasn't done in several years: a second production. In addition to the staged readings and the Junior Players co-produced Pup Fest, there will also be a cabaret show from KDT company member Tim Johnson, called One:Man.Show.

The Dogs often schedule a classic work in the midst of newer plays, and this season it's an inspired choice: Eugene Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece The Chairs, in what the producers are saying will be the first professional production of the work in Dallas since 1962. The play debuted a decade earlier in Paris.

The fifth mainstage show is somewhat of a surprise, Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, his Tony-nominated work that introduced him to Broadway audiences in 1998. KDT has done McDonagh's The Pillowman, and what makes Leenane a surprise is that it has had a Dallas professional production, at Theatre Three, within the past 10 years.

Here's more on the season from KDT's news release, with info about season subscriptions. With a $100 subscription for six shows, plus the NWF readings, KDT remains the best theater deal in town.


Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Sept. 7-Oct. 6, 2012

Regional Premiere

Directed by KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker

The Play: In Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw, a newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife's best friend meet husband's sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.

The Playwright: Gina Gionfriddo was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Becky Shaw, which had its world premiere at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and its New York premiere Off Broadway at Second Stage. Her other plays include After Ashley, U.S. Drag, Guinevere, and the one-acts Squalor and America's Got Tragedy. Ms. Gionfriddo has received an Obie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and an American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg citation. She has also written for the television dramas "Boardwalk Empire", "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Cold Case" and "The Borgias." She has contributed essays on rock music to the literary journal The Believer, and short fiction to Canteen. Gina attended the MFA Playwriting Program at Brown. She has taught writing at Brown, Providence College and Rhode Island College.


The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh

Nov. 9 - Dec. 8, 2012

Director TBD

The Play: Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play's terrifying dénouement.

The Playwright: Plays: Behanding In Spokane, The Pillowman (Tony nominee, Best Play 2005; Olivier Award Winner 2004), The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (Olivier Award Winner, Best Comedy 2003), The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Tony nominee, Best Play 1998), The Lonesome West (Tony nominee, Best Play 1999), A Skull In Connemara, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Banshees of Inisheer, The Retard Is Out In the Cold, Dead Day at Coney. Other works include "Barney Nenagh's Shotgun Circus," "Suicide on Sixth Street," "In Bruges," "Seven Psychopaths," "Six Shooter" (Oscar, Best Short 2006). McDonagh is currently working on a new stage musical with composer Tom Waits and director Robert Wilson.


The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco

Feb. 8 - March 9, 2013

Directed by KDT Company Member Tim Johnson

The Play: A rarely performed absurdist play of the first order by a master innovator of the genre. In a house on an island a very old couple pass their time with private games and half-remembered stories. With brilliant eccentricity, Ionesco's 'tragic farce' combines a comic portrait of human folly with a magical experiment in theatrical possibilities. Shakespeare Dallas Artistic Director Raphael Parry and KDT Company Member Rhonda Boutte will make their first-ever appearance onstage together.

The Playwright: The Romanian-born Eugène Ionesco, b. Nov. 26, 1912 [d. 1994], is one of the foremost playwrights of the Theater of the Absurd. Plays include: The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, Rhinoceros, The Killer, Exit the King, A Stroll In the Air, Hunger and Thirst and Journeys Among the Dead. Elected a member of the Academie Francaise in 1970, Ionesco has also published theoretical writings, Notes and Counternotes; Fragments of a Journal; and a novel, Le Solitaire, on which his 1971 film La Vase (with Ionesco playing the lead) was based.


RX by Kate Fodor

March 29-April 27, 2013

Regional Premiere

Directed by KDT Co-Artistic Director Christopher Carlos

The Play: Phil is a researcher entrusted with the first major trial of Thriveon, Schmidt Pharma's experimental treatment for workplace depression. Meena is a study subject who is depressed by her workplace. Can Thriveon cure Meena? Can Meena cure Phil? A comedy about big love, big dreams and Big Pharma.

The Playwright: Kate Fodor's plays have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Epic Theatre Ensemble, San Jose Repertory Theatre, London's Courtyard Theatre, and Chicago's TimeLine Theatre Company, among others. Kate's play Hannah and Martin received the Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award, a Joseph Jefferson Citation, and an After Dark Award. 100 Saints You Should Know received the National Theatre Conference's Stavis Award and was named one of the 10 Best Plays of the year by Entertainment Weekly and Time Out New York. Kate is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a fellow at The Playwrights Center.


New Works Festival 2013


Se Llama Cristina by Octavio Solis

May 24-June 22, 2013

*Rolling Premierel*

Directed by KDT Company Member Christina Vela

The Play: A man and a woman wake up to find themselves trapped in a room with no memory of how they got there or who they are.  As they push each other to piece the past together moment by moment, they struggle to understand how they managed to lose their daughter as well as their own identities.  In this story about living in every moment, Octavio Solis' characters take us on a turbulent journey that examines what it means to defy expectations and to become better than fate and circumstance have determined we should be.

The Playwright: Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. Plays include: John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quioxote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho And Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos and La Posada Magica. They have been mounted at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theater Center, Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista, El Teatro Campesino, Undermain Theatre, Thick Description, Campo Santo, Imua Theatre Company, and Cornerstone Theatre. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, with music/lyrics by Adam Gwon; Burning Dreams, cowritten with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust. He has also just been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship for 2012. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild.


NWF13 Cabaret Show: by Tim Johnson

May 29- June 15, 2013

*World Premiere*

A performance revue of one man's search for his authentic voice and his discovery that you must differentiate in order to integrate. Or a guy in a banana suit walks into a bar...

The New Works Festival will also feature readings of new plays and Junior Players' Pup Fest.


Season subscriptions are $100-$125, and include perks like restaurant discounts, guest passes and half-price guest tickets. Call 214-953-1055 or www.kitchendogtheater.orgThanks For Reading

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