Dallas — The 2015-16 season for Kitchen Dog Theater has been announced, and yes, there are some exciting-looking premieres on it. But the big news is that the season will be performed in an interim space, at the Green Zone in the Design District.
The Green Zone (161 Riveredge Drive), which has been used by Project X, Upstart Productions and other groups over the past seven years, is owned by Claude and Susan Albritton, who own the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, where KDT has been housed for nearly 20 years. (Next season will be KDT's 25th.)
In case you haven't heard, the MAC is transitioning to a new space in Cedars, that up-and-coming area just south of downtown, with Lamar Street as its main thoroughfare. The current MAC building, in the thriving Uptown area, will be "repurposed" into something else.
At Friday night's opening of KDT's current production of The Firestorm, company member Tim Johnson said that they are close to signing a lease on a new home to begin in the 2016-17 season, but details aren't ready to announce yet. The Firestorm will be the last full KDT production in the MAC; the New Works Festival also features seven staged readings and PUP Fest, and Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker is not sure yet which venue the second annual Dallas One-Minute Play Festival will be held at.
Like the smaller Black Box theater in the MAC, the Green Zone can be reconfigured for any kind of staging. I'd guess that seating-wise it'll fit somewhere between what the MAC's Black Box and Heldt-Hall Theaters hold.
Meanwhile, the 2015-16 season has the same number of mainstage slots, four, as the current season, which went down one from previous years. However, there will be five mainstage productions, as the 18th New Works Festival in 2016 will feature two premieres, running in rotating repertory, by LA-based playwright Steve Yockey: Blackberry Winter and The Thrush and the Woodpecker.
The season kicks off with a classic from Harold Pinter, his 1957 one-act The Dumb Waiter. Then come regional premieres of The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (KDT did his boom several years ago, and Second Thought Theatre did Hunter/Gatherers); and I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, by actor/playwright Halley Feiffer. The latter play recently ran at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York; Halley Feiffer is the daughter of cartoonist/playwright/screenwriter Jules Feiffer.
Here's the rundown of the season, with dates and descriptions. For info on subscriptions, call 214-953-1055 or visit www.kitchendogtheater.com.
The Dumb Waiter
by Harold Pinter
Sept. 11-Oct. 10, 2015
A humorous and provocative story of two hit men as they wait in a basement for their next assignment. Told through Pinter’s unmistakable wit and poignant pauses, The Dumb Waiter is recognized for its exceptional writing and subtle character development.
By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Nov. 20-Dec. 19, 2015
* regional premiere
We might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively watchable candidate for state office enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine’s husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients—one of whom opens his eyes to Penny’s nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationship and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.
I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard
By Halley Feiffer
Feb. 12-March 12, 2016
* regional premiere
Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there. Halley Feiffer’s dark, probing and very funny new play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggles of parents and children to find common ground.
By Steve Yockey
May 20-June 25, 2016
Vivienne Avery recounts her memories of caring for an aging mother who is slowly fading away and the difficult decisions regarding her care. Vivienne shares her journey from the moment of her mother’s diagnosis and Alzheimer’s to the present, inviting the audience into the world of this strange and debilitating disease. The drama unfolds through a series of interwoven stories about the memories sparked by a series of everyday objects. Interwoven with these stories is an evolving, wondrous 21st century Alzheimer’s creation myth—an origin story about a white egret who tries to protect the animals of the forest as they lost their memories to a blind, oblivious mole. Both the myth and the overall structure reflect the science behind Alzheimer’s in this funny, poetic and deeply moving play.
The Thrush and the Woodpecker
By Steve Yockey
May 27-June 25, 2016
Brenda Hendricks has her hands full dealing with her son Noah after he is expelled from a prestigious college and unexpectedly returns to their isolated Northern California home. When an elegant and mysterious woman arrives on their doorstep, dragging along buried secrets and stories about mysterious birds, Brena and Noah find their world turned upside down in ways both intimate and epic. Both engaging and disturginb, The Thrush and the Woodpecker is a morality play with a fantastical twist.