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2016-17 for Kitchen Dog Theater

Next season, the K-Dogs move into a new, temporary home at the Trinity River Arts Center with regional, area and world premieres, and a tribute to Samuel Beckett.

published Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm


Dallas — The 26th season for Kitchen Dog Theater has been announced, and there are two significant changes for 2016-17. The first is that the group will be housed in a new, temporary home, at the Trinity River Arts Center (also known as KD Studio Theatre). The company had to leave its longtime home at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary after the 2014-15 season, and nomadically spent last season in several spaces. This new location is temporary while the group is looking at a new space to renovate and working on a capital campaign.

The season kicks off with a multi-playwright tribute to the great Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, a longtime favorite of Kitchen Dog, which gets its name from a line in Waiting for Godot. That assemblage of works includes plays by or inspired by Beckett, one of which is a world premiere. The three regional/area premieres are by Charise Castro Smith, Égon Wolff and Nick Jones. The world premiere is Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's Br'er Cotton, which was given a reading in KDT's recent New Works Festival at Undermain Theatre.


Here's the news release, with dates, descriptions, subscription/ticket info and more:

Kitchen Dog Theater proudly announces a power-packed lineup for its 26th season. The 2016-17 season promises to excite and engage audiences with a mix of classic work, regional premieres, and world premieres. A staunch champion of new work in North Texas, KDT’s season will also include the 19th year of its New Works Festival, featuring six premiere staged readings selected from hundreds of submissions from around the globe and the 16th year of PUP Fest, its award-winning high school playwriting program co-produced with local youth organization, Junior Players.

Kitchen Dog’s 26th season will take place at Trinity River Arts Center (TRAC), the theater’s new temporary home in the Dallas Medical District: 2600 North Stemmons Freeway Suite No. 180, Dallas.


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Samuel Beckett

A Stain Upon the Silence: Beckett’s Bequest

by various playwrights

Regional premiere

October 7-29, 2016

Director: KDT Artistic Company Member Tim Johnson

The Play: An evening of rarely performed short plays celebrating the lasting influence and legacy of Samuel Beckett through four generations of playwrights. Featured plays include: A Piece of Monologue and Rockaby by Samuel Beckett, Tongues by Sam Shepard & Joseph Chaikin, the regional premieres of Pickling by Suzan-Lori Parks and Behold the Coach, in a Blazer, Uninsured by Will Eno, and the world premiere of a newly KDT commissioned play, Lisa, My Friend, by rising star Abe Koogler.       

The Playwrights: Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Mr. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot which launched his career in theatre. He then went on to write numerous successful full-length plays, including Endgame in 1957, Krapp’s Last Tape in 1958, and Happy Days in 1960. Like no other dramatist before him, Mr. Beckett’s works capture the pathos and ironies of modern life yet still maintain his faith in man’s capacity for compassion and survival no matter how absurd his environment may have become.

Joseph Chaikin (1935 -2003) was an American stage director, actor, and writer. He was a member of the Living Theatre before founding the Open Theatre in 1963, which became an influential force in experimental theatre. His celebrated productions, the results of intense collaboration between writer, director, and actors, included America Hurrah, Terminal, and Nightwalk. He published his ideas about theatre in The Presence of the Actor. In 1977 he received the first lifetime-achievement Obie Award.

Will Eno recently made his Broadway debut with his critically acclaimed new play, The Realistic Joneses. Eno received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award. He has been commissioned by the Royal National Theatre in London and the Yale Repertory Theatre. He is a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, a Fellow of the Cullman Center at the NY Public Library, and was awarded the first-ever Marian Seldes/Garson Kanin Fellowship by the Theater Hall of Fame, as well as the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton.

Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor premiered at Lincoln Center/LCT3 in the fall of 2015 and received its regional premiere at American Theater Company in Chicago. His play Blue Skies Process will have a workshop production this fall at the Goodman Theatre, and his play Fulfillment Center will receive a world premiere in New York in the spring. Abe is a winner of the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Award and the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and his plays have been developed at Kitchen Dog Theater, the Playwrights' Center, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Lab. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Bloomsbury. Abe earned an MFA from UT's Austin's Michener Center for Writers and is a graduate of Juilliard's Playwrights Program. He is under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club and is a native of Washington State.

Suzan-Lori Parks Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” in 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog. A MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, she has also been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts (Drama) for 1996, a Guggenheim Foundation Grant and is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College and New Dramatists. 

Sam Shepard ranks as one of America's most celebrated dramatists. Outside of his stage work, he has achieved fame as an actor, writer, and director in the film industry. With a career that now spans nearly 40 years, Sam Shepard has gained the critical regard, media attention, and iconic status enjoyed by only a rare few in American theatre. Throughout his career Shepard has amassed numerous grants, prizes, fellowships, and awards, including the Cannes Palme d'Or and the Pulitzer Prize.


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Charise Castro Smith

Feathers and Teeth

by Charise Castro Smith

Regional Premiere

November 18 – December 17, 2016

Director: KDT Artistic Company Member Lee Trull

The Play:  There’s a monster living in Chris’ home, but that’s not even her worst nightmare. What was your greatest fear as a child? Monsters under your bed? Creatures in your closet? What if the scariest thing imaginable wasn’t an evil beast, but a person invading your home? Thirteen-year-old Chris is going to have to face her biggest fears when a mysterious woman moves into her home and hijacks her once-perfect family life. Will she make it out alive? Shrouded in fear of the unknown, Feathers and Teeth is a new horror comedy with plenty of bite.

The Playwright: Charise Castro Smith is a playwright, television writer and actor from Miami, currently residing in Los Angeles. Playwriting credits include: Feathers and Teeth (Goodman Theatre/developed at Atlantic Theater Company), Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen]  (Ars Nova/Yale Cabaret/Halcyon Theatre), The Hunchback of Seville (Washington Ensemble Theatre/Trinity Repertory Company), Washeteria  (Soho Rep.), and Boomcracklefly  (Miracle Theatre). She is currently under commission by South Coast Repertory and Trinity Repertory Company. Select acting credits include Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company/The Public Theater), An Enemy of the People (Baltimore Center Stage), and The Good Wife (CBS). Smith is the recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, and is an alumna of Ars Nova's Play Group and The New Georges Jam. She holds an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Brown University.


Paper Flowers

by Égon Wolff, translated by Margaret Peden

Regional Premiere

February 17 – March 11, 2017                                    

Co-Directors/Co-Stars: KDT Artistic Director Christopher Carlos and KDT Artistic Company Member Christie Vela

The Play:  A lonely woman accepts the offer of a taciturn vagrant to carry groceries from the supermarket back to her apartment.  When she invites him into her refined home, she begins an unexpected encounter with a man who is not what he claims to be, as she finds that he intends to occupy her life as well as her house. A compelling collision between a woman and a man, a past and a present, and the disruption of a social order which is far more complex than we might think.

The Playwrights:  Égon Wolff was born in Chile on 13 April 1926 to German parents. He studied chemical engineering as an undergraduate before turning to playwriting in 1958, and had an early success with his play Disciples of Fear in 1959 when he won the Premio Nacional de Literatura. Flores de papel (Paper Flowers) won the Casa de las Américas prize in 1970 and is considered by many to be Wolff’s masterpiece.

Margaret Peden is an award-winning American translator and professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri. Her work covers nearly every genre — poetry, novel, theater and belles lettres — from the 16th century to today. In 2012, she received the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation from the PEN American Center. Named in honor of U.S. translator Ralph Manheim, this literary award is given every three years and is awarded to a translator in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the field of literary translation. Throughout Peden's career, she has translated more than 60 books from Spanish to English and is considered one of the leading translators of her time.



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Nick Jones

by Nick Jones

Area Premiere

April 14 – May 6, 2017 

Director: KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker

The Play: Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity.

The Playwright: Nick Jones – Other produced plays include: The Coward (Lincoln Center/LCT3; 4 Lortel Nominations) Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova, The Public), The Wundelsteipen (the Flea) The Sporting Life (Studio 42), and The Nosemaker’s Apprentice (with Rachel Shukert). His puppet horror musical Homunculus is in development with Center Theater Group (music by Dave Malloy, directed by Sam Gold) and Grizzly Adams, a rock musical performed by bears, with the Huntington (music by Corn Mo, directed by Peter DuBois). He has received commissions from Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, The Old Globe, Manhattan Theater Club, The Huntington Theatre Company, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Repertory. Mr. Jones currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is a writer and co-producer for the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Orange is the New Black, which has garnered numerous accolades, including Writer's Guild Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominations. The Coward is being developed into a film with Big Beach Films/American Work.  Schooling: Bard College, Juilliard, Chugach Elementary. More at


Br’er Cotton

by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

World Premiere

Anchor Mainstage Production of the 2017 New Works Festival

June 9 – July 1, 2017

Director: TBD

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Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

The Play: Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by all the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14-year-old “militant,” incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boy’s anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, and no one seems to notice but him. He’s out to save the world, wake up the zombies, and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter.

The Playwright: Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm is a playwright. That title is an indelible part of his character. Theatre is the filter through which he sees and interprets the world. His produced work includes Br’er Cotton (The Catholic University of America), Bhavi the Avenger (Convergence Theatre),  In Sweet Remembrance (Endstation Theatre Company), A Month of Sundays (Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival) and the upcoming Hooded or Being Black for Dummies (Mosaic Theatre of DC; 2017). He has developed new works with Signature Theatre, Theatre J, Theatre Alliance, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has held residencies at The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He was named a "Person to Watch" by American Theatre Magazine, and “Rising Star” by Variety Magazine. He was a finalist for the Inaugural Relentless Award, and also received two of the 2016 National KCACTF awards; the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Tearrance holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America and will join the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard in the fall of 2016.



KDT is delighted to announce its 19th annual celebration of the newest and most exciting voices and visions of the American Theater. In addition to the mainstage anchor production, this year’s festival will also feature six staged readings of plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from across the globe, 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.



A KDT Season Season Subscription is $100. Brand new for this season is the KDT Unleashed Pass, which offers unlimited entry for the entire season for the passholder and is only $125. For the budget-minded, KDT is also offering a Super Saver Sub, allowing patrons to attend any Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday performance during a run, for only $80. KDT is also continuing our First-Timer Subscription special for patrons who have never been prior KDT season subscription holders, where they can buy one full price subscription and get a second subscription for half price. In addition to substantial discounts over the single ticket price, KDT subscribers also receive priority seating, discounts on additional single ticket purchases, advance invitations to special Kitchen Dog events, complimentary ticket exchanges, email reservations and discounts on other events at NNPN theaters nationwide. Additional perks are also available to those who subscribe before September 1, 2016.

Single ticket prices range from $20-$30 for all productions. All opening night tickets are $40 and include a post-show reception with the artists. Discounts are available for members of 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 Trinity River Arts Center, located at 2600 Stemmons Fwy, Ste 180, Dallas, TX 75207. “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 July 11, 2016. Single Tickets for all individual shows will go officially on sale August 11, 2016. For subscription and/or ticket information, please call the Kitchen Dog Theater box office at 214-953-1055 or check on our website: Thanks For Reading

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