By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
There's a beautiful speech in Ruth about being angry at God. This play's characters, digging their way out of personal hardship, fighting for acceptance by those who have plenty, have a right to be mad. Yet they find ways to forgive, believe and keep living. If they can do it, Cheatwood asks through her play, why can't we?
Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival features staged readings with playwrights present for after-show convo. Here's the schedule (all at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary):
A Man, his Wife, and his Hat by Lauren Yee is about all of those, with two missing and the third (the man, a hat-maker) trying to convince himself to leave his armchair to do a search. 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2.
Trevor by Nick Jones is a study of fame, success and a 200-pound chimpanzee. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3.
PupFest features scripts by young writers from the Playwrights Under Progress program, co-produced by the Junior Players. 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
The Singularity by Crystal Jackson follows a single woman determined to get pregnant over a three-day weekend. 1 p.m., Saturday, June 16.
Oh, My Man by Meridith L. Friedman tackles the touchy subject of cross-dressing as a wife discovers her husband of 25 years likes to wear frilly frocks when she's not looking. 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16.
Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry is a tale of obsession and betrayal among London's upper classes. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17.