As part of the 2013 New Works Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater will present a Staged Reading Series featuring six new works:
Barbecue Apocalypse - by Matt Lyle (Native Texan currently in Chicago, IL). Saturday, June 1 at 1 pm *Playwright in attendance*
A highly self-conscious couple desperately wants to impress their more sophisticated friends at a backyard barbecue. Fortunately, for them, the world ends and survival becomes the only remaining status symbol in this new comedy from the writer of The Boxer. Directed by KDT Artistic Company Member Cameron Cobb.
Skinless - by Johnna Adams (Native Texan currently in New York, NY). Saturday, June 1 at 4 pm
A small town legend about living skinless people inspires a graduate student, Emmi, to write her women's studies thesis on Zinnia Welles, an obscure pulp horror writer from the 1950s. As Emmi fights with her graduate advisor over the meaning of feminism, we see the Welles's sisters struggle with Zinnia's delusions about the skinless and with the frightening prospect that they may not be delusions at all. Directed by KDT Artistic Company Member Lee Trull.
The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane - by Jen Silverman (New York, NY). Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm *Playwright in Attendance*
Pretty Mbane runs a safe-house for lesbians in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in South Africa. In the wake of Pretty's disappearance, her former lover Noxolo must return from London to confront the world she thought she left behind. Winner of the 2012 NNPN Commission Grant. Directed by KDT Artistic Company Member Rhonda Boutte.
Kill Floor - by Abe Koogler (Austin, TX). Saturday, June 8 at 2 pm *Playwright in attendance*
Andy is just out of prison. She takes a job at a local slaughterhouse while attempting to reconcile with her 15-year-old son, a committed vegetarian. Winner of our brand new KDT/University of Texas at Austin MFA Playwrights NWF Project. Directed by KDT Co-Artistic Diretcor Christopher Carlos.
Spark - by Caridad Svich. Saturday, June 22 at 1 pm
Spark is about three sisters living in the US caught in the mess of a recent war's aftermath. It is what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. A contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing. Directed by KDT Artistic Company Member Christina Vela.
Monsterheart - by Kathleen Cahill (Salt Lake City, Utah). Saturday, June 22 at 4 pm
A family horror comedy from the mind behind KDT's 2010 hit Charm. The Center for Disease control insists there is no known virus or condition that would reanimate the dead or present zombie-like symptoms, but then a presumed dead member of the family shows up on Thanksgiving Day with a flesh-eating appetite. Directed by KDT Co-Founder and Artistic Company Member Sally Vahle.