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Show times: Tues @ 7:00 (June 6 only), Wed & Thurs @ 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 4 PM, Thurs matinee @ 2:00 PM (June 15 only).

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Post-show discussion with the actors.

"Is the Climate Open for Business?" by Ritwick Ghosh

Ritwick Ghosh is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. In his research, he advocates rethinking the relationships between businesses and environmental solutions through new big data technologies.

Gather at 6:30 PM. Talk at 6:45 PM. Free!



Clean Alternatives

By Brian Dykstra
June 4 - 18, 2017

Director: Margarett Perry
With: Brian Dykstra*, Vince Gatton*, and Lori Prince*

Viva Taqueria
Elissa Cogan and Barry Chester
Cornell University
Ithaca Voice

Recommended for ages 14+


A businesswoman turned environmentalist takes on a pollution-spewing megacorporation in this satire of environmental politics and corporate America. You can run but you can't hide from Karma. Relevant, dark, and funny, Dykstra’s play won a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh in 2006.


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Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:00pm
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“A powerful meditation on social responsibility and personal redemption, mixing razor-edged dialogue with a poetry-slam directness.” ~Ithaca Times

Brian Dykstra

BRIAN DYKSTRA (Playwright, Mr. Cutter) is an actor, playwright, and HBO def Poet. Clean Alternatives was the first play of his that Kitchen Theatre Company produced back in 2006. Since then he has had 7 plays produced by the Kitchen, has acted in most of those along with a wonderful smorgasbord of other plays. Rachel Lampert has welcomed and offered him a creative home. That luxury is completely appreciated and he wants Rachel to know that she will be sorely missed. It is quite an honor to be invited back to re-mount this play eleven years later and to be part of Rachel Lampert’s swansong as artistic director. All Love Rachel! Brian appeared On Broadway in Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks. He’s acted in London, Off Broadway, Edinburgh and handfuls of regional theatres across the country. Favorite roles include: Heisenberg in Copenhagen, LBJ in All The Way, Rooster Byron in Jerusalem, Mark Rothko in Red. In August he is slated to play in Brian Parks' play Enterprise at The Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. Current projects include a musical adaptation of The Learned Ladies with composer Ray Leslee, the book to a new musical called Crazy, Make Crazy with composer Terry Delsing, and a three new plays in various states of completion. His new play, Education is slated for production at 59E59 in March of 2018. briandykstra.net.

Brian Dykstra

MARGARETT PERRY (Director) is the Resident Director of Kitchen Theatre Company where she has directed over 25 productions since coming here in 2006 with Clean Alternatives. Some of her favorites include Private Lives (the first production in the new theatre!), Motherfucker with the Hat, Paloma, Sunset Baby, Seminar, Cock, Old Times, A Marriage Minuet and world premieres by Brian Parks (The House), Rob Ackerman (Call Me Waldo), Rachel Axler (Archeology) and 7 productions of plays by Brian Dykstra (The Two of You, Strangerhorse, The Jesus Factor, Selling Out, Ho!, A Play on Words & Clean Alternatives). Perry is an award-winning director of new plays and has directed and developed new work Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country as well as in Scotland and London. Most recently, she directed SHREK The Musical at Connecticut Rep and the critically acclaimed world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse written for and starring Brian Dykstra. Perry is a regular at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton where she has directed numerous productions including Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, One Slight Hitch and the world premiere of Michael Slade’s Under a Red Moon. Perry is an Artistic Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center where she has worked with a variety of writers developing new plays. She is currently in development with Hi-Arts (Hip-Hop Theater Festival) on Brian Dykstra’s hip-hop play, Used to Was (Maybe Did) and John Pielmeier on his new musical, Jass. Upcoming projects include The House by Brian Parks at the Human Race (originally produced at KTC) and Education by Brian Dykstra at 59E59 Theaters in NYC. She is forever grateful to Rachel Lampert for providing her a creative home to explore, create and grow. For Gary Smoot. www.margarettperry.com

Tyler M. Perry

TYLER M. PERRY (Set & Lighting Designer) a NYC-based lighting and scenic designer, received Kitchen Theatre Company's 2013-14 Norma Fire Emerging Artist award. KTC favorites: Peter and the Starcatcher, The Soup Comes Last, I and You, Thin Walls, The House, Venus in Fur, OpusSlashes of Light, What I Thought I Knew, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Frankie and Johnny in… Lune, among others. NYC: Schooled (FringeNYC, Time Out New York's Critics' pick); The Wild Party, The Adding MachineA Man of No Importance (b-side Productions). Regional: Trick or Treat (Northern Stage); Avenue Q (2016 RI BroadwayWorld award winner), Damn Yankees (Ocean State Theatre Co.); The Fantasticks, Hairspray, Smokey Joe's Cafe (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); Urinetown, The 39 StepsStage KissLend Me A Tenor, Into the Woods (Cider Mill Playhouse). TV & Web: Garbage Time with Katie NolanAOPA LiveMonumental Sports Network (Infinite Designs). Broadway (Assistant): Miss Saigon (2017 revival); Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (National Tour). BFA Ithaca College. Member: United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.tylermperrydesign.com

Vince Gatton

VINCE GATTON (Mr. Slate) is happy to get back in the Kitchen, after appearing in Cock here for director Margarett Perry in 2014. He received a Drama Desk nomination for David Johnston's Candy and Dorothy, and sits on the Board of New York Shakespeare Exchange, with whom he’s appeared in King John, Titus AndronicusShakesBEER, and The Sonnet Project.  Other notables: Leigh Fondakowski’s SPILL at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Fully Committed at Barrington Stage Company; I Am My Own Wife at Barrington, as well as for Two Turns Theatre Company and at Coachella Valley Rep (Desert Star Award nomination); The Turn of the Screw for Two Turns; Busted Jesus Comix and The Americans for Blue Coyote Theatre Group; and The Temperamentals at New World Stages, standing by for Michael Urie. In 2012 he lived the trivia nerd’s dream by competing on Jeopardy. (He didn't win.) www.vincegatton.com

Lori Prince

LORI PRINCE (Jackie). Off Broadway credits include Lyric is Waiting (kef productions) and Sarah, Sarah (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional credits include Detroit (Theatresquared) Not Medea (B Street Theatre) Educating Rita (Triad Stage), Pride and Prejudice (Denver Center Theater Company), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival), Pirandello’s Henry IV (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), The Front Page (Playmakers Repertory), Hamlet and Key West (Geva Theatre Center), The Unexpected Guest (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Lobby Hero (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre) The Book of Ruth (Alliance Theatre Company), A View From The Bridge (Theatrefest) and And Then They Came For Me (George Street Playhouse). Film: Before the BombEpicLast Call212 and Johnny Montana. TV/New Media: lif-eaf/ter, Are We There Yet?Law and Order and Law & Order: SVU. She has a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University.

(*Member, AEA)