The Kitchen Dog Theatre will open its production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Feb. 6 for a run through March 7. KDT will perform Godot at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) space in Dallas.
Written in 1948-49, Waiting for Godot follows vagrants Vladimir and Estragon as they wait and wait to be seen by Mr. Godot, who never shows up. New York's Classic Stage Company recently revived the tragicomedy Nov. 10-Dec. 20, with John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub in the leads.
Godot is a special play for the KDT, who derived their name from the song Vladimir sings at the top of the second act. Although he cannot remember the entire rhyme, Vladimir sings, "A dog came in the kitchen/And stole a crust of bread./ Then cook up with a ladle/And beat him till he was dead..."
For KDT's Megan Saleebey, that quote represents what theatre and Kitchen Dog especially is about -- a place to face and question victim/participant-dog/ cook relationships. "The theatre is a site for questioning social justice," she said.
KDT Artistic Director Dan Day directs a cast that includes himself as Vladmir, Bill Lengfelder as Lucky, Lunn Matthis as Pozzo and Matt Tomlanovich as Estragon. Josh Lengfelder will play the boy. Day has previously directed Beckett's Play, Footfalls and Krapp's Last Tape with Kitchen Dog.
The design team includes Andy Fitch (set), John Santiago (lighting) and Valerie Liberta (costumes). Heidi Shen is the stage manager.
Tickets ($18-$8) are available by calling the Kitchen Dog Theatre office at (214) 953-1055. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary is located at 3120 McKinney Avenue.
-- By Christine Ehren