Season Announcement

Dallas' Kitchen Dog Theater pumps up premieres for 2018-19 season

Dallas' Kitchen Dog Theater pumps up premieres for 2018-19 season

Steppenwolf Theatre production of You Got Older
A scene from Steppenwolf Theatre's production of You Got Older. Photo by Michael Brosilow

Much like last year, Kitchen Dog Theater is programming a lineup composed strictly of premieres. But for 2018-19, the company is adding on a fourth mainstage show and making a vow for the following year.

In addition to two regional premieres, two National New Play Network rolling world premieres, and the return of its New Works Festival, PUP (Playwrights Under Progress) Fest, and The One-Minute Play Festival, KDT has announced that its 2019-20 season will feature Jonathan Norton's A Love Offering, which was a part of the NNPN's Cross Pollination playwriting exchange program.

First up is actually a season add-on, the fifth annual One-Minute Play Festival. This community favorite features 84 original one-minute plays by 42 local playwrights, helmed by 12 directors and utilizing 60 actors. It runs August 11-13, 2018.

The mainstage season begins with the regional premiere of Philip Ridley's Radiant Vermin, which will be directed by KDT artistic company member Tim Johnson. 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? This fast-paced, pitch-black comedy is a provocative satire about the housing market, homelessness, and inequality. It runs October 4-28, 2018.

Another regional premiere follows, with KDT co-artistic director Tina Parker directing You Got Older by Clare Barron. In it, 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. In this bawdy, irreverent, and touching new play, up-and-coming playwright 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. It runs February 14-March 10, 2019.

The first NNPN rolling world premiere is next: Wolf at the Door by Marisela Treviño Orta. In this dark fairy tale directed by KDT co-artistic director Christopher Carlos, 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. As a pack of wolves closes in on the hacienda, Isadora must decide what price she'll pay for her own freedom. It runs April 11-May 5, 2019.

Reykjavík by Steve Yockey is the second from NNPN, and is the centerpiece of KDT's 2019 New Works Festival. Kara-Lynn Vaeni directs this frank exploration of honesty in relationships, which 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. In the city of Reykjavík, we eavesdrop on the intertwined lives of lovers, hospitality workers, partygoers, and even a really handsome bird or two. It runs June 6-30, 2019.

Running concurrently from June 8-29, 2019, the New Works Festival Staged Reading Series celebrates the newest and most exciting voices and visions of the American theater. The festival, which is in its 21st year, will feature six staged readings of plays chosen from nearly 1,000 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.

While KDT's new home is still under construction, all shows in its 28th season will continue to take place at Trinity River Arts Center, 2600 N. Stemmons Fwy., Suite 180.

Single tickets range from $20-$30 for all regular season productions, while season subscriptions run $80 for adults and $60 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit KDT's website or call the box office at 214-953-1055.