Meadows-Kitchen Dog theatrical collaboration opens Nov. 16

Our Lady of 121st StreetThe Meadows Theatre Division collaborates with Dallas’ acclaimed Kitchen Dog Theater for Our Lady of 121st Street, running Nov. 16-Dec. 15 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), 3120 McKinney Avenue. The co-production is directed by KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker (’91).

In this recent Off-Broadway hit, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, a group of friends gather at a Harlem funeral home to mourn the death of a beloved nun from their childhood. As they confront old hurts and the harsh realities of grown-up life, a murder mystery and a few lives begin to unravel.

The cast and production staff include a mix of KDT company members and current SMU students and faculty. KDT Co-Artistic Director Christopher Carlos, Artistic Company members Ian Leson, Christina Vela and Bill Lengfelder (also an SMU professor of theatre) and Jamal Gilbran Sterling (’02) join University students Amelia Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Giselle Le Bleu, Keenan Olson, Josh Peterson, Gwen Templeton and Johnard Washington.

The production team also features KDT Artistic Company members collaborating with SMU students. Kitchen Dog’s Christina Dickson (costume design), John M. Flores (sound design), Judy Niven and Jen Gilson Gilliam (prop design), and Mike Wang (technical director) worked alongside Meadows Theatre Division M.F.A. student Emily Bean (lighting design) and faculty member Ashley Smith (dialect coach). The set design was conceived by the 2008 SMU M.F.A. design class. SMU senior Lee Helms will serve as stage manager.

Opening-night tickets are $25 each (including cast party); others range from $15-20. For more information, call 214-953-1055 or visit the Kitchen Dog Theater online.