The 23rd season for Kitchen Dog Theater has been announced, and although the main stage title in the New Works Festival is not known yet, the NWF happens in its usual season-closing slot.
Before that, we get four regional premieres of award-winning plays from Lisa D'Amour (Detroit) and Johnna Adams (Gidion's Knot), two playwrights new to North Texas; and the returns of KDT favorites David Mamet, with Race, and Stephen Adly Guirgis, with his 2011 Broadway play with the title that you'll see printed in different ways by various media, but we just go with the full version: The Motherfucker with the Hat. (KDT, in their news release at least, is substituting asterisks in place of the "u" and "c" in that word.)
Here's the official news release, with info on the plays, the dates and, at the bottom, how to subscribe:
Fresh off the heels of its critically acclaimed 22nd season, Kitchen Dog Theater proudly announces a power-packed lineup for its 2013- 2014 season. The brand new season promises to be one of the best yet, featuring a schedule of five daring and dazzling mainstage productions - all of which will be premieres. Kitchen Dog Theater's 2013-2014 season will draw in audiences to be provoked, challenged, and amazed.
"Our 23rd Season will continue KDT's long-standing tradition of bringing some of the hottest new plays and playwrights to Dallas audiences", say KDT Co-Artistic Directors Christopher Carlos and Tina Parker. "They are each amazing actor-driven stories - some hilarious and heartbreaking, some provocative and powerful - but ALL guaranteed to spark a dialogue once the lights go down."
by Lisa D'Amour
Directed by KDT Artistic Company Member Tim Johnson
September 27 - October 26, 2013
Winner of the 2013 Obie Award for Best New American Play
The Play: In a first ring suburb outside a midsize American city, Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome the new neighbors who've moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold that newly unemployed Ben and burgeoning alcoholic Mary have on their way of life-with unexpected comic consequences. DETROIT is a fresh, offbeat look at what happens when we dare to open ourselves up to something new.
The Playwright: Lisa D'Amour is a playwright and one half of PearlDamour, an OBIE Award-winning interdisciplinary performance company she runs with Katie Pearl. Lisa's plays have been produced by theaters across the U.S., including the Women's Project, Clubbed Thumb, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, New Georges (all in NYC), Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Catastrophic Theatre (Houston, TX), ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans, LA) and Children's Theater Company (Minneapolis, MN). Lisa collaborates on site-specific performances. In 2008, Lisa created a performance for visual artist SWOON's "Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea," a flotilla of six boats created from salvaged materials that navigated the Hudson River, performing in riverfront parks from Troy, NY to New York City. Lisa's play DETROIT, originally produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company, was also a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In 2008, she was awarded the Alpert Award for the Arts in theater and in 2011 she received the Steinberg Playwright Award. Lisa received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a New Dramatists alumni. She lives with her husband, composer Brendan Connelly, in Brooklyn and New Orleans.
by David Mamet
Directed by KDT Co-Artistic Director Christopher Carlos
November 15- December 14, 2013
The long-awaited return of a classic KDT playwright
The Play: Multiple award-winning playwright and director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can't say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches will be spared.
The Playwright: Born on November 30, 1947 in Flossmoor, Illinois, David Mamet studied at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York before venturing into the professional world of the theatre. He began his career as an actor and director before achieving success in 1976 with three Off-Broadway plays, THE DUCK VARIATIONS, SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO and AMERICAN BUFFALO. In 1984, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. Mamet has taught at Goddard College, the Yale Drama School and New York University. His awards include the Joseph Jefferson Award, 1974; Obie Award, 1976, 1983; New York Drama Critics Circle Award, 1977, 1984; Outer Circle Award, 1978; Society of West End Theatre Award, 1983; Pulitzer Prize, 1984; DramatistsGuild Hall-Warriner Award, 1984; American Academy Award, 1986; Tony Award, 1987.
THE MOTHERF**CKER WITH THE HAT
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by TBA
February 14 - March 15, 2014
2011 Tony Nominee for Best Play
The Play: Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica-until Jackie spots another man's hat in their apartment and embarks on a sublimely incompetent quest for vengeance. Fast-paced and uproarious, MOTHER is a gleefully foul-mouthed look at modern love and other addictions.
The Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis is a longtime member of NYC's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include: the extended, sold-out run of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, OUR LADY OF 121st STREET (named one of the ten best plays of 2003; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN (Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Olivier Nomination as London's Best New Play, Barrymore Award, "Detroit Free Press" Best Play Award), and IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS (Ten Best of '99, "TimeOut New York," critics pick, "TimeOut London"). All four plays were originally produced by LAByrinth, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and are published through Dramatists Play Service and by Faber & Faber. Stephen was awarded a 2004 TCG fellowship, attended the 2004 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by "Filmaker Magazine," and appeared in "Entertainment Weekly's" 2005 Summer Must List. He has received new play commissions from Manhattan Theater Club and South Coast Rep, is a member of New Dramatists and the MCC Playwright's Coalition, and has contributed to "ESOPUS" magazine. Television writing credits include "NYPD Blue," "The Sopranos," David Milch's CBS drama "Big Apple," and Shane Salerno's NBC drama "UC: Undercover." As an actor, he has appeared in Brett C. Leonard's GUINEA PIG SOLO, produced at the Public Theatre in New York, and played leading roles inTodd Solondz's "Palindromes," and Brett C. Leonard's award-winning "Jailbait," opposite Michael Pitt. Currently, he is developing a project with Mos Def and HBO, and is writing his first feature film for Scott Rudin Productions, to be directed by George C. Wolfe. He lives in New York City.
by Johnna Adams
Directed by KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker
March 28 - April 26, 2014
2013 Steinberg-ATCA Award Finalist for Best New Play
The Play: Over the course of an unexpected parent/teacher conference in a 5th grade classroom, a mother and her son's teacher have a volatile conversation about Gidion. Was he a bully? A victim? A protector? Or, was his imagination too powerful a tool for the adults around him? As his story is uncovered, the women try to construct an explanation for his behavior and come to terms with who, or what, is at fault. GIDION'S KNOT is a heart-wrenching, devastatingly beautiful work about the power of words and freedom of expression. It explores the dangerous, emotional, and often painful world of elementary school.
The Playwright: A native Texan, Johnna has been writing plays for over 15 years. She currently lives in Los Angeles and has several plays in development. Johnna's plays COCKFIGHTERS and THE SACRED GEOMETRY OF S&M PORN were published by Original Works Publishing in 2006. Rude Guerilla Theater Company produced THE SaCRED GEOMETRY OF S&M PORN to sold-out crowds in November 2005, and the play won the 2006 Best New Play award from the critics at the OC Weekly. The Oberon Theatre Ensemble produced COCKFIGHTERS at the Jan Hus Playhouse (New York, NY, 2003). COCKFIGHTERS won the Orange County Weekly's 2002 Best Play award, a silver medal in the 2003 Pinter Prize, and was a finalist in the 2002 National Arts Club Playwrights First award. She has recently attended workshops with Paula Vogel, Mac Wellman, Leon Martell, Jose Rivera, and Noah Haidle. She holds a BFA in acting and playwriting from DePaul University's Theatre School.
NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2014
Main Stage Production To Be Announced
+ Six Staged Readings & PUP Fest
May 23 - June 21, 2014
Subscription and ticket info:
A KDT Five Play Season Subscription is $100. A FLEX 5 PASS, which gives the patron five single-use admission to use however they want throughout the season, is $125. All KDT Season Subscription packages include the following benefits: 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 September 1, 2013), email reservations and discounts on other events at the MAC and NNPN theaters nationwide. Kitchen Dog is continuing to offer two budget friendly packages this year: First Timer ($150 regular or $162.50 FLEX 5), where patrons, who have never been prior KDT season ticket holders, can buy one regular priced subscription and get the second one for half price and the Easy Pay, where the customer can pay for their subscriptions by credit card in three easy 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/65+ (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 usually follow the Sunday matinee performances. Seating for all performances is general admission.
Subscription tickets are available for purchase as of July 11, 2013. Single Tickets for all individual shows will officially go on sale August 15, 2013. For subscription and/or ticket information, please call the Kitchen Dog Theater box office at214-953-1055 or check on our website: www.kitchendogtheater.org.