KDT Turns 25

Dallas theater company toasts silver anniversary with sparkly party

Dallas theater company toasts silver anniversary with sparkly party

Brian Lind, Jennifer Staub, Kaitlyn Howell, Tim Johnson, Paul Barnes, Janet Davis
Brian Lind, Jennifer Staub, Kaitlyn Howell, Tim Johnson, Paul Barnes, Janet Davis Photo by Matt Mrozek
Tina Parker, Chris Carlos
Tina Parker, Chris Carlos Photo by Matt Mrozek
Debbie Ascenzo, Dan Ascenzo, Marine Vinc, Lisa Streidl
Debbie Ascenzo, Dan Ascenzo, Marine Vinc, Lisa Streidl Photo by Matt Mrozek
John Flores, Jamal Sterling
John Flores, Jamal Sterling Photo by Matt Mrozek
Lisa Koen, Melanie Ferguson, Maribel Lizardo, David Marquis
Lisa Koen, Melanie Ferguson, Maribel Lizardo, David Marquis Photo by Matt Mrozek
David Nesmith, Kurt Watkins
David Nesmith, Kurt Watkins Photo by Matt Mrozek
Shane Culp, Consuelo Gutierrez
Shane Culp, Consuelo Gutierrez Photo by Matt Mrozek
Max Hartman
Max Hartman performed as Max Vontaine Photo by Matt Mrozek
Tim Johnson, Tina Parker
Tim Johnson, Tina Parker Photo by Matt Mrozek
Kitchen Dog Theater Hooch & Pooch 2016
A casino was part of the fun. Photo by Matt Mrozek
Kitchen Dog Theater Hooch & Pooch 2016
The silent auction went in four stages. Photo by Matt Mrozek
Loren Albritton, Alexander Heldt Albritton, Simone Skinner
Loren Albritton, Alexander Heldt Albritton, Simone Skinner Photo by Matt Mrozek
Paul Barnes, Mandy Aguilar
Paul Barnes, Mandy Aguilar Photo by Matt Mrozek
Jenny Block, Robin Brown
Jenny Block, Robin Brown Photo by Matt Mrozek
Brian Lind, Jennifer Staub, Kaitlyn Howell, Tim Johnson, Paul Barnes, Janet Davis
Tina Parker, Chris Carlos
Debbie Ascenzo, Dan Ascenzo, Marine Vinc, Lisa Streidl
John Flores, Jamal Sterling
Lisa Koen, Melanie Ferguson, Maribel Lizardo, David Marquis
David Nesmith, Kurt Watkins
Shane Culp, Consuelo Gutierrez
Max Hartman
Tim Johnson, Tina Parker
Kitchen Dog Theater Hooch & Pooch 2016
Kitchen Dog Theater Hooch & Pooch 2016
Loren Albritton, Alexander Heldt Albritton, Simone Skinner
Paul Barnes, Mandy Aguilar
Jenny Block, Robin Brown

Kitchen Dog Theater is still looking for its permanent home, but the scrappy company made itself at home at Seven for Parties for its fundraiser celebrating 25 years of making theater in Dallas.

Hooch & Pooch proves year after year that these dogs know how to party. Arts lovers took the silver theme to heart, donning everything from sophisticated, shimmery cocktail dresses to space-age silver suits and sparkly wigs.

In the main space, guests could bid on four separate waves of silent auction goodies. Wine tastings, theater tickets, jewelry, and even a life-size cardboard cutout of KDT co-artistic director Tina Parker from her political turn in The Totalitarians were all up for grabs. The enduringly popular Doggy Bags were also available, loaded with a variety of surprises from local businesses.

Themed cocktails provided by Dripping Springs vodka and Paula’s Texas Liqueurs paired extremely well with small bites. DJ Mark Ridlen kept the tunes coming.

Guests tried their luck at the casino with poker and blackjack, exchanging their winnings for raffle tickets. A split pot of an Amazon gift card was the prize, with a minimum of $1,500 for each winner.

In the more mellow lounge, outfitted in white furniture and silver balloons, KDT company member Max Hartman (as Max Vontaine) crooned standards (sometimes perked up with naughty lyrics). Komali master mixologist Leeann Berry shook up a special cocktail of blackberry and Don Julio blanco tequila.

Kitchen Dog Theater also just received a $500,000 challenge grant, so that combined with funds raised from Hooch & Pooch will hopefully get the dogs well on the way to their new home.

The company's next show is Blackberry Winter, running May 20-June 25 in repertory with The Thrush and the Woodpecker, May 27-June 27, at the Green Zone.

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