The Kitchen Sink Series at Kitchen Theatre Company provides an opportunity for artistic engagement and community collaboration. Actors, directors, musicians, theater companies from the community are encouraged to use our new 99-seat theatre to share their work with a wider audience—their usual supporters, plus Kitchen Theatre-goers. Check back here throughout the season to find out what's next on the Kitchen Sink Series.
Coming up on the Kitchen Sink Series:
Saturdays, April 29 & May 6
FitzandStartz Productions presents
Emmett & Ella's Big Apple Escapade
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of New York State signing of woman's suffrage into law, three years before the US passed the 19th Amendment, Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Civic Ensemble and Cherry Arts are collaborating on a two-night theater event: Four Plays - 100 Years. Performances will be at Kitchen Theatre Company on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16 and 17 at 7:30pm. The four theater companies are collaborating with many Ithaca area theater artists plus a few visiting guests. All four plays will be performed each night. There will be a post-show discussion following each performance. The project is supported in part by a grant from Humanities, NY and each of the theaters. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Women's Opportunity Center, Ithaca, NY.
Monday, June 12 and Monday, June 19
by Kristin Shepherd, directed by Ross Haarstad
The last twisted women standing.
Concert Reading. Mondays 6/12 and 6/19, 7:30
CURVED is the newest play by Kristin Shepherd, author of *$38,000 for a Friendly Face* (produced by Homecoming Players in its 2015 season). Through a stylistically intermittent use of stand-up comedy techniques and individual “mic work,” it lays bare the relationships among five strong and broken women, age 11 to 80. We watch all five of these appealingly dysfunctional women grapple with love, need, and what it means—and takes—to be alive.
Easy Out (world premiere)
by Arthur Bicknell, directed by Rachel Hockett
Come out, come out, whoever you are.
Full Production. 7/28-7/30, Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 4:00
The newest play by the author of Homecoming Players’ 2014 breakout hit, *Dotty,* EASY OUT focuses on the tumultuous battle for power, raging between Gerald Metcalf—a middle-age, repressed gay man (the teenage protagonist of Bicknell’s earlier and critically acclaimed play, *My Great Dead Sister*), and Angel—the boorish and resentful younger sister of Albert (Gerald’s narcissistic, homophobic, and currently dying longtime companion). With unlikely assistance from Helmer, a charming hospice nurse, and Izzy, Angel’s enlightened 18-year-old daughter, Gerald struggles to find a way to break out of the closet and into the unchartered territory of Act Three of his life.
Previously on the Kitchen Sink Series:
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang, directed by David Kossack
So Durang and Chekhov walk into a Bucks County farmhouse...
Concert Reading. Mondays 3/20 and 3/27, 7:30
Winner of the Tony for Best Play, as well as the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Play and a *slew* of other awards, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie-star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins!
Friday, April 7
Ithaca's Got It!
From the Mississippi Delta
by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Ph.D., directed by Sarah K. Chalmers
What she had to do to get where she had to be.
Concert Reading. Mondays 2/6 and 2/13, 7:30
Described by Dr. Holland as a “dramatic biography,” From the Mississippi Delta uses three women in eleven anecdotal scenes to provide a compelling glimpse at the early days of the Civil Rights movement, told from the perspective of individuals born and raised in the muck and mire of Mississippi's lethal brand of white supremacy and racial hatred. Through the playwright’s raw, explosive, and lyrical storytelling, we get a close-up view of what had to be overcome and what was required of ordinary folks brave enough to get involved in a situation that could and did, literally, cost them their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
My Children! My Africa!
by Athol Fugard, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00pm
Sunday, February 19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Bad & Nasty Collective: Not My President's Day
Are you a bad hombre, a nasty woman, a Trump voter with buyer's remorse? If so, join in staging a nationwide protest through performance by the Bad & Nasty Collective: Not My President's Day.
Our Ithaca cabaret features: Saviana Stanescu, Karen Jaime, Carolyn Goelzer, Chrystyna Dail, Godfrey Simmons, Jr., Sarah K. Chalmers, Jennifer Herzog, Aoise Stratford, Honey Crawford, Sue Perlgut, Jayme Kilburn, Michelle Blau, Brooke Shillings, Paul Hogan, Mary Jo Watts, Sara Warner, Ross Haarstad, Rebekah Maggor, Holly Adams, and more!!
This is a benefit performance for Planned Parenthood and Ithaca Welcomes Refugees. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. RSVP here and pick up tickets at the door.
Saturday, December 31
Doors Open/Cocktails 8:30
-Intermission: Food & Drink-
-Post show: Sweets & Midnight Toast-
The Snow Queen is a weird and wondrous vision of puppetry, projections and song based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Adapted and directed by Cherry Artistic Director Samuel Buggeln and puppeteer Scott Hitz of PuppHitz, The Snow Queen will be a fascinating voyage for adults and younger people alike. Andersen’s dreamlike and imagistic tale tells the story of Greta, a young girl on a mission to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen, encountering along the way a chatty raven, a feisty robber girl, a friendly reindeer, and a host of other curious characters.
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 13 & 14
Join us for festive food and drinks and hot performances by Kitchen Theatre favorites.. A fun time and a great way to support Kitchen Theatre Company! Tickets - $60 (50% tax deductible)
Signals composer, writer, and performer Mary Lorson has been creating music since the early 1990s, under her own name and with the groups Madder Rose, Saint Low, the Soubrettes, and the Piano Creeps. Lorson's songs and voice have appeared in over 30 films and television programs. She has created live original music for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and the Cornell University dance department, in addition to creating original scores for HBO's doc What Remains: the Life and Art of Sally Mann (with Billy Coté), Becky Lane's web-series The Chanticleer,and the upcoming documentary RE: Thinking. She has provided musical environments for the writing of Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Andrew L. Erdman, and James Joyce. The author of several screenplays, some with original music, Lorson will release her 11th studio album, Themes From Whatever, in early 2017. http://www.marylorson.com.
Friday, December 2 at 10 PM
Bravo Blane performance
Following that night's performance of Death Boogie by Darian Dauchan, Bravo Blane will perform!
Free with ticket to Death Boogie. $5 at the door for the Bravo Blane show alone.
Saturday, October 29 & Saturday, November 5 at 1PM & 3PM
FitzandStartz Productions presents
Adventure in Apartment G# by Rachel Lampert & Nathan Hilgartner
Sunday, October 23 @ 7:30 PM
Dramatists Guild Reading
The Dramatist Guild with support from The Kitchen Theatre Company's Resident Professional Development Fellowship Program Presents:
A staged reading of Ain't She Brave by Erika and Ntare Gault, directed by Cambria Herrera
Ain't She Brave is a poetic play about the 400+ year journey of the American Black Woman. With topics including slavery, race riots, loss of family, black hair, and identity; four women tell their stories of struggle and hope.
Uhuru - Chisom Awachie
Njozi -Sandra Sackey
Nia - Eunice Akinola
Imani - Cameron Rance
Director - Cambria Herrera
Assistant Director - Michelle Blau
Stage Manager - Tasha Sinclair
Stage Directions - Naomie Castin
September 25 at 7pm
Ithaca City of Asylum 15th Anniversary Voices of Freedom Celebration
A reading by ICOA writer-in-residence Raza Rumi
A panel discussion with:
Yi Ping (China)
Lin Zhou (China)
Sonali Samarasinghe (Sri Lanka)
Sarah Mkhonza (Swaziland)
Raza Rumi (Pakistan)
moderated by Seph Murtah, City of Ithaca 2nd Ward Alderperson
Thursday, September 22
Chamber of Commerce Networking at Noon
Take a moment from your day to enjoy the Kitchen Theatre experience in a way few can, by dining on set! Enjoy a sneak peak into the making of Hand to God, the Kitchen's newest production running until September 25th.
Networking@Noon is an opportunity to meet other Chamber of Commerce members in a small group setting while enjoying a great lunch. Utilizing informal networking, each participant is invited to deliver a 90-second "pitch" about themselves and their organization or business.
July 22, 23, 24
Homecoming Players present
Dotty by Arthur Bicknell
To cap off its fourth full season, Homecoming Players is bringing back the wildly popular Dotty, by Arthur Bicknell, which had its world premiere as part of the Kitchen Sink Series in July 2014.
Dorothy ("Dotty") Parker (Kristin Sad), a divorced and once-successful editor and ghost-writer whose career has been rocky (at best) for the past several years, now faces an entirely new set of challenges. Shortly after the death of her father, she moves back to her family home in New England and is obliged to attempt reconciliation (both financially and emotionally) with her irrepressible mother, the once world-famous author of best-selling mysteries, Daphne Louise ("D.L.") Parker (Camilla Schade). Now a resident of Crossroads, a posh senior assisted living center in New England, Daphne is suffering from a late stage of dementia that grows more pronounced daily. Daphne's harsh treatment of her own daughter, coupled with her intimate friendship with Mabel Bean (Carolyn Cadigan), a childlike and fellow Crossroads resident, unleashes Dotty's long-suppressed resentment and jealousy, and ultimately results in an explosive confrontation between mother and daughter, which threatens to tear the fabric of their delicate relationship once and for all.
Daphne Louise Parker: Camilla Schade
Mabel Bean: Carolyn Cadigan
Dorothy ("Dotty") Parker: Kristin Sad
Directed by Rachel Hockett