The theater is not only a form of entertainment; it can also be a form of social justice. Kitchen Dog Theater takes this to heart, making it their mission to provide a place where questions of justice, morality, and human freedom can be explored. They choose plays that challenge moral and social consciences, in the process inviting audiences to be provoked, challenged, and amazed. They believe that the theater is a site of individual discovery as well as a force against conventional views of the self and experience.
To Mad Dog, the theater is not a provider of answers, but an invitation to question. Since theater of this kind is not bound by any tradition, Kitchen Dog Theater is committed to exploring these questions whether they are found in the classics, contemporary works, or new plays. Even their company name follows this ideology. The name Kitchen Dog Theater is drawn from Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. In this play, the "kitchen dog" is a symbol of the victim/participant in society's seemingly endless cycle of ignorance and injustice. They call themselves Kitchen Dog because their work seeks to question this cycle.
For 29 years, Kitchen Dog has provided an artistic home for some of Dallas' best talent. KDT consistently offers local artists the opportunity to take on challenging roles, make bold choices in direction or design, and wrestle with the big questions in both classics and new works. In doing so, KDT has helped keep the best theater artists in Dallas. The company’s long commitment to new work has earned it a national reputation as a leader in the field and helped establish Dallas as a hub for new work. Kitchen Dog is proud to be at the forefront of what it hopes will be a new era of home-grown, established, mid-sized theaters that have a permanent home and control of their destiny, helping further cement Dallas’ reputation as a true city of the arts.
In 2017, Kitchen Dog initiated a cutting-edge, innovative accessibility program, called Admit: ALL, which provides 20 free tickets to every performance of every KDT mainstage season production. Admit: ALL is an extension of the company’s egalitarian mission and seeks to reach communities, particularly in high-density, lower-income areas, that are often underserved by the arts and eliminate real or perceived barriers to participation. By increasing accessibility and diversifying audiences, Admit: ALL will allow for meaningful conversations between communities and, hopefully, help ignite real change in the community. Come support this organization and be a part of an important social conversation.
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