For its 27th season, Kitchen Dog Theater is going all-new. The company's 2017-18 season includes two regional premieres and one world premiere from some local theatermakers, along with the return of the New Works Festival and its wall-to-wall staged readings.
Two more festivals are also back: the fourth-annual One-Minute Play Festival, which runs August 19-21, 2017, and presents 80 original one-minute plays by 35 local playwrights; and PUP (Playwrights Under Progress), the award-winning high school playwriting program that's co-produced with Juniors Players and the Dallas Independent School District. PUP runs during the New Works Festival.
Another extra is the critically acclaimed one-man show Trump Lear, written by and starring Lake Highlands native David Carl. That's a season add-on, with subscribers getting a special discount for the play's December 7-10, 2017, run.
The mainstage season starts with the regional premiere of Martyna Majok's Ironbound, running October 26-November 12, 2017. This darkly funny play follows an independent Polish immigrant for whom love is a luxury — and a liability — as she searches for the American Dream. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, she negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both.
Up next is The Royale by Marco Ramirez. Another regional premiere, this play is inspired by the often-overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who, at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth. It runs March 1-18, 2018.
KDT artistic company members Cameron Cobb, Michael Federico, and Max Hartman have put together a cautionary tale of a society’s last doomed day, told through "skits, scoots, skedaddles, and songs." Pompeii!! is an evening of vaudeville-style entertainment that works as a metaphor for the cycles of moral and social decline of both Ancient Rome and the Roaring '20s — all the while giving the hairy eyeball to modern-day society. The world premiere, which is the mainstage production for this season's New Works Festival, runs April 19-May 6, 2018.
Season subscriptions are $100 for the three mainstage shows and the New Works Festival, and first-time subscribers can purchase a second subscription at half price. Subscriptions include priority seating for all performances, unlimited free ticket exchanges, one free mainstage season guest pass ticket per subscription (a $30 value), a $5 discount on additional full-price tickets to performances including the One Minute Play Festival and Trump Lear, one free guest pass per subscription from Stage West in Fort Worth (a $35 value), and subscriber-only offers from participating restaurant partners.
Single tickets go on sale in September, with prices that 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. For more info, call the Kitchen Dog Theater box office at 214-953-1055 or visit its website.