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.