Kitchen Dog Theater will pop up all over Dallas in nomadic 2023-24 season
While it waits for its new Design District home to be completed, Kitchen Dog Theater is presenting its 2023-24 season all across town.
Three mainstage plays will have site-specific productions, punctuated by the annual PUP Fest nurturing high school talent from all over DFW.
Safe at Homeby Gabriel Greene and Alex Levy is first, staged at Riders Field — home of the Frisco RoughRiders — and directed by Jack Reuler, founder and artistic director emeritus of Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.
In less than two hours, star pitcher Victor Castillo is set to take the mound for game 7 of the World Series. But when a rumor begins to circulate that Castillo may use the sport’s biggest stage as a political protest, the shock waves hit all corners of the stadium, from the owner’s box to the locker room.
Instead of creating nine interiors in a traditional theater with a stationary audience, the existent spaces at Riders Field will become stages for a cast of actors who repeat their scenes over and over as the patrons, not the cast, move from scene to scene.
This regional premiere will be the second-ever professional production of Safe at Home. It runs December 7-10, 2023, for five performances only.
Next up is Shape, written and directed by Southern Methodist University assistant professor Kara-Lynn Vaeni.
The action-packed, feminist comedy offers a forthright look into fitness, body image, and how we define strength. For this production, the audience will be "getting back in the gym," both literally and figuratively, at D-Town CrossFit in the Design District.
Shape was first produced at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York, in 2021 and appeared on the prestigious Kilroy’s List. This regional premiere, also enjoying its second professional production, runs February 8-25, 2024.
Another immersive experience is promised for the third production, which is currently TBA.
For its 22nd annual event, PUP Fest will feature six staged readings of jury-selected plays written by DFW high school students, featuring student actors directed by area professional directors.
PUP Fest is the culminating event of Dallas Playwriting Arts Collective (D-PAC), a partnership with Dallas ISD and Junior Players.
Location is still TBA, but the date is set for June 8, 2024.
For more information, visit kitchendogtheater.org or call 214-953-1055.