Marisela Treviño Orta

2018-19 for Kitchen Dog Theater

Next season, the Kitchen Dogs have two regional premieres and two National New Play Network Rolling World Premieres.

published Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Marisela Treviño Orta
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Clare Barron
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Steve Yockey



Dallas — The 2018-19 season for Kitchen Dog Theater has been announced. For the 28th season, happening at the Trinity River Arts Center, the group returns to four mainstage productions, plus the reading series in the New Works Festival and the fifth annual One Minute Play Festival.

The mainstage line-up has two regional premieres, Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley (Kitchen Dog has produced his plays The Pitchfork Disney and The Fastest Clock in the Universe) and You Got Older by Clare Barron. There are also two National New Play Network Rolling World Premieres: Marisela Treviño Orta's Wolf at the Door and Steve Yockey's Reykjavík. A few years ago KDT did two of Yockey's plays, Blackberry Winter and The Thrush and the Woodpecker.

Additionally, Kitchen Dog is committing to producing Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton's A Love Offering in its 2019-2020 season, with dates TBA.

Below is the complete news release with dates, descriptions, ticket info and more:


Kitchen Dog Theater is proud to announce a dynamic lineup for its 28th season. The 2018-2019 season promises to excite and engage audiences with two regional premieres and two NNPN rolling world premieres along with the 21st Anniversary Celebration of its New Works Festival and the 18th year of PUP (Playwrights Under Progress) Fest.  In addition to its regular season schedule, KDT will present the highly-anticipated The One-Minute Play Festival in August 2018 for its fifth consecutive year. A longtime champion of new work, Kitchen Dog is also proud to announce that it has committed to produce local playwright Jonathan Norton’s play A LOVE OFFERING, which was part of the National New Play Network’s (NNPN) Cross Pollination playwright exchange pilot program, in its 2019-2020 season as well (dates TBD).

Kitchen Dog’s 28th season and programs will take place at Trinity River Arts Center (TRAC) in the Dallas Medical District: 2600 North Stemmons Freeway Suite # 180, Dallas, TX 75207.

Kitchen Dog Theater’s 2018-2019 season schedule is as follows (All dates and programs subject to change):




Radiant Vermin

by Philip Ridley

Regional Premiere

Director: KDT Artistic Company Member Tim Johnson

Dates: October 4 – October 28, 2018

The Play: When a young couple is offered an ideal house by a mysterious stranger, it prompts the question: How far would any of us go to get our dream home? A fast-paced, pitch-black comedy, RADIANT VERMIN is a provocative satire about the housing market, homelessness, and inequality.

The Playwright: Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St. Martin’s School of Art and his work has been exhibited widely throughout Europe and Japan. As well as three books for adults - and the highly acclaimed screenplay for the “The Krays” feature film (winner of The Evening Standard Best Film of the Year Award) - he has written nine adult stage plays: THE PITCHFORK DISNEY, the multi-award-winning THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE, GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE, VINCENT RIVER, MERCURY FUR, LEAVES OF GLASS, PIRANHA HEIGHTS, TENDER NAPALM (nominated for the London Fringe Best Play Award) and SHIVERED (nominated Off-West End Best New Play Award), plus several plays for young people: KARAMAZOO, FAIRYTALEHEART, MOONFLEECE, SPARKLESHARK and BROKENVILLE (collectively known as THE STORYTELLER SEQUENCE). He has also written books for children, including “Scribbleboy” (shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal), “Kasper in the Glitter” (nominated for the Whitbread Prize), “Mighty Fizz Chilla” (shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award), “ZinderZunder,” “Vinegar Street,” “Zip’s Apollo” and the bestseller “Krindlekrax” (winner of both the Smarties Prize and WH Smith’s Mind-Boggling Books Award), the stage play of which – adapted by Philip himself – was premiered at the Birmingham Rep Theatre in 2002. He has also directed three feature films from his own screenplays: “The Reflecting Skin” - winner of eleven international awards (including the prestigious George Sadoul Prize) – “The Passion of Darkly Noon” (winner of the Best Director Prize at the Porto Film Festival) and “Heartless” (winner of The Silver Meliers Award for Best Fantasy Film). For the latter two films, Philip co-wrote a number of original songs, one of which, “Who Will Love Me Know?” (performed by P.J. Harvey) was voted BBC Radio 1’s Top Film Song of 1998 and has since been covered by the techno-house band Sunscreem (as Please Save Me), becoming both a club and viral hit. In 2010 Philip, along with song-writing collaborator Nick Bicat, formed the music group Dreamskin Cradle and their first album, “Songs from Grimm,” is available on iTunes, Amazon and all major download sites. Philip is also a performance artist in his own right, and his highly-charged readings of his ongoing poetry sequence “Lovesongs for Extinct Creatures” (first embarked on when he was a student) have proved increasingly popular in recent years. In 2012 “What’s On Stage” named him as one of the Jubilee Playwrights (sixty of the most influential British writers to have emerged in the past six decades). Philip has won both the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer to British Film and Most Promising Playwright Awards. The only person ever to receive both prizes.


You Got Older

by Clare Barron

Regional Premiere

Director: KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker

Dates: February 14 - March 10, 2019

The Play: Mae's life is kinda falling apart. Her boyfriend dumped her, she got fired from her job, and she's moved back home to take care of her dad. As if that weren't enough, she has this weird rash and a fantasy cowboy that just won't leave her alone. What happens when your life path leads you right over a cliff? In this bawdy, irreverent and touching new play, up-and-coming playwright Clare Barron masterfully blends reality and fantasy in a dark comedy about falling apart as you're failing to launch, and what you might find instead.

The Playwright: Clare Barron grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include YOU GOT OLDER (HERE/P73) BABY SCREAMS MIRACLE (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); SOLAR PLEXUS (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays); and A BOY PUT THIS GIRL IN A CAGE WITH A DOG AND THE DOG KILLED THE GIRL (developed at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Colt Coeur, and The Bushwick Starr). She is the 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow. She is a member of Youngblood at EST and a recipient of an EST/Sloan grant to develop OLD FOUR LEGS – a play about a prehistoric fish. She is also an actor and has appeared in Target Margin’s UNCLE VANYA and THE TEMPEST in NYC, and Masrah Ensemble’s Arabic-English production of MUD IN BEIRUT, LEBANON. Most recently she appeared in THE CONSULTANT (Long Wharf Theater) written by Writer/Director Lab alumna Heidi Schreck.


Wolf at the Door

by Marisela Treviño Orta

NNPN Rolling World Premiere

Director: KDT Co-Artistic Director Christopher Carlos

Dates: April 11 - May 5, 2019

The Play: In this dark fairy tale, Isadora finds the strength to stand up to her abusive husband Septimo when he forces the very pregnant Yolot to stay against her will. While Septimo makes plans for the baby, Isadora and Yolot devise one of their own. And as a pack of wolves closes in on the hacienda, Isadora must decide what price she’ll pay for her own freedom.

The Playwright: Marisela Treviño Orta is an award-winning playwright, a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Playwrights’ Center Core Writer. A poet for many years, Marisela found her way to the playwriting while completing an MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco (USF) where she studied poetry. Marisela’s first play BRAIDED SORROW was presented at the 2005 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the 2006 [Inside] the Ford Summer Reading Series. BRAIDED SORROW won the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, received a 2008 world premiere at Su Teatro in Denver, and won the 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama. Her other plays include: ALCIRA; AMERICAN TRIAGE; GHOST LIMB (2017 Brava Theater world premiere); HEART SHAPED NEBULA (2015 Shotgun Players world premiere); SHOE (2019 Kendeda Finalist); THE RIVER BRIDE (2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival world premiere); WOLF AT THE DOOR (2018 National New Play Network Rolling world premiere); and WOMAN ON FIRE (2016 Camino Real Productions world premiere).Marisela is an alumna of the Playwrights Foundation’s Resident Playwright Initiative, a former member of Playground’s writers pool, a founding member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network, and a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons’ national Steering Committee. Currently she is working on adapting Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit into a six-hour epic piece of theatre. She has also begun a new cycle of worst-case scenario plays—sci-fi thriller plays which include WMB (pronounced “womb”) and NIGHTFALL.



By Steve Yockey

NNPN Rolling World Premiere - Mainstage of the 2019 New Works Festival 

Director: Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Dates: June 6 – June 30, 2019 

The Play: In the city of Reykjavík, we eavesdrop on the intertwined lives of lovers, hospitality workers, partygoers, and even a really handsome bird or two. This frank exploration of honesty in relationships offers a glimpse into a cold, dark, magical, and sometimes violent world where everyone still hopes to find joy beneath the glow of the Northern Lights.

The Playwright: Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.  His plays BELLWETHER, PLUTO, AFTERLIFE, OCTOPUS, LARGE ANIMAL GAMES, CARTOON, SUBCULTURE, VERY STILL & HARD TO SEE, THE FISHERMAN’S WIFE, WOLVES, DISASSEMBLY, and NIAGARA FALLS & OTHER PLAYS are published and licensed by Samuel French.  Additionally, his play JOSHUA CONSUMED AN UNFORTUNATE PEAR (originally commissioned by Miami’s City Theatre) was included in the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays and the subsequent anthology. Other plays include BLISS, BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER, and MERCURY. Steve holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently serves as a writer/producer for the television series Supernatural.



21st Anniversary New Works Festival Staged Reading Series 

Directors/Playwrights TBD    

Dates: June 8 - June 29, 2019

KDT is delighted to announce its 21st 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 nearly 1000 submissions from across the globe. The NWF also features the 18th annual PUP (Playwrights Under Progress) Fest, an afternoon of short plays written and performed by some of Dallas’ finest young talent, produced by D-PAC (Dallas Playwriting Arts Collective), KDT’s partnership with Junior Players and Dallas Independent School District.




Fifth Annual One-Minute Play Festival

Directors/Playwrights TBD   

Dates: August 11-13, 2018

84 original one-minute plays by 42 local playwrights + 12 directors + 60 actors = 1 insanely wild night of theater. This highly anticipated annual event has quickly become a community favorite!

A KDT Season Subscription is $80 Adults/ $60 Students/Seniors (65+) for 4 mainstage productions and the 21st New Works Festival. In addition to substantial discounts over the single ticket price, KDT subscribers receive: priority seating for all performances, unlimited free ticket exchanges, up to 49% Savings over single ticket prices, one free KDT Mainstage Season Guest Pass ticket per subscription (a $30 Value), $5 discount on additional full price tickets to performances including the One Minute Play Festival, one free guest pass per subscription from STAGE WEST in Fort Worth (a $35 Value) and exclusive subscriber-only offers from participating area restaurant partners. KDT is also continuing its First-Timer Subscription special for patrons who have never been prior Season subscription holders, where they can buy one full price subscription and get a second subscription for half price. 

Single ticket prices range from $20-$30 for all regular season productions. All opening night tickets are $40 and include a post-show reception with the artists. All performances and programs are 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 now. Single Tickets for all individual shows will go officially on sale in September. 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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