Get Drunk on Theater at Kitchen Dog's New Works Festival

If you were looking for Tina Parker last month, she was hiding in a dark corner booth somewhere, slurping whiskey mixed with energy drinks, wading through 400 full-length play submissions. Her friends are used to her annual month-long absence though, because this is year 16 for Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival, a month-long presentation of six brand spankin' new plays. And though Parker might be exhausted by play 399, it's her favorite time of the year.

"This is the future of American theater," says Parker, who works alongside Chris Carlos as Kitchen Dog's co-artistic directors. "The way for theater to stay current and relevant for audiences today is to tell people the stories of their lives in present time and the New Works festival is an essential component of that for us."

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Lauren Smart
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