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Cleveland Public Theatre presents dog and pony dc’s ‘A Killing Game’

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Onstage April 10 –26

Cleveland Public Theater’s Executive Artistic Director, Raymond Bobgan presents “A Killing Game” by renowned Washington, DC based ensemble, dog & pony dc live and onstage at CPT’s James Levin Theatre. The show will run from April 10 through 26, 2014. Known for their absurd theatrical productions that combine live theater with a party, dog and pony dc brings “A Killing Game” to Cleveland.

A mysterious plague is killing all the citizens in fast order. Each audience member is given “action packets” and playing cards upon entering the theater which determines their role in the show and game. Audience members are encouraged to play along with performers in a series of scenes, contests and songs that is led by game show host, Mr. Chrome (Jon Reynolds) and his cohort, “Our Friend In Black” (Adelaide Waldrop). Styled after board games and fashion from the 60’s (this in itself is interesting enough), “The Killing Game” celebrates life.

“The show invites the audience to play alongside the performers,” says director Colin K. Bills. “In fact, A Killing Game openly and warmly challenges everyone to see how far they’ll go and how hard they’ll play. It’s entirely up to the audience…and their spontaneity and enthusiasm is one of the joys of the show for everyone.” DC Theatre Scene proclaimed, “It’s all grand fun...not to mention inventive theatre,” and Bills is quick to add, “Like any great party game, the fun is just as much in the playing as it is the winning.”

All of dog & pony dc’s productions explore the elastic relationship between performer and audience with “Audience Integration”—the engagement of audience in the narrative or experiential arc of a performance.

A Killing Game extends Audience Integration into the world of “transmedia” technology, weaving smartphone-based media—Twitter, texts, good old-fashioned calls—into the narrative. In fact, dog & pony dc invites tech-savvy audience members to bring a smart device (iPhone, Android, iPad, tablet, etc) when attending the show, to engage with cast members and each other throughout the A Killing Game experience. As in a real emergency, these unrehearsed and surprising elements add to the fun and unpredictable nature of the production.

For insight into the creation of A Killing Game, visit dogandponydc.tumblr.com, #killinggame or @dogandponydc on Twitter or online at www.dogandponydc.com.

About dog & pony dc

dog & pony dc (d&pdc) is an ensemble-based devised theatre company focused on providing audiences new ways to experience theatre. Through a collaborative process, d&pdc creates (“devises”) new plays as a collective (“ensemble”). The d&pdc company has been recognized as a trailblazer for audience engagement in the field of contemporary theatre. The company was highlighted in Washington Post for “broadening playgoers’ understanding of the riddles theater can unravel.” d&pdc’s Beertown was the first ensemble-devised play to receive a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding New Play (2011) and Beertown’s re-mount made the Washington Post’s Top 10 shows list for 2012. Arena Stage invited d&pdc to workshop A Killing Game as part of The Kogod Cradle Series in advance of the show’s December 2012 premiere. d&pdc has presented about their work locally (Shakespeare Theatre, Capital Fringe) and nationally (Theatre Communications Group, Animating Democracy, and Association for Theater in Higher Education). Most recently the company was included in American Theatre magazine’s March 2013 cover story on ensemble theatre. The company is currently developing its next theatre piece, Toast, for 2014.

Cast and Crew of A Killing Game

A Killing Game was originally developed and scripted by: Colin K. Bills, Rachel Grossman, Lorraine Ressegger-Slone, J. Argyl Plath, Jon Reynolds, Rebecca Sheir and Gwydion Suilebhan.

A Killing Game features performers Max Freedman (Mr. Blue), Yasmin Tuazon (Miss Pink), Wyckham Avery (Miss Green), Karen Lange (Miss Orange), Rachel Grossman (Miss Purple), Jon Reynolds (Mr. Chrome) and Adelaide Waldrop (as “Our Friend in Black”).

A Killing Game is directed by Colin K. Bills. Complete creative team includes Jenn Larsen (Social Media Conductor), Colin K. Bills and Ivania Stack (Production Designers), Zachary A. Dalton (Lighting Designer), Christopher Baine (Original Sound Design), Ellys Abrams (Stage Manager) and Melanie Harker (Production Stage Manager).

Ticket & Show Information

A Killing Game performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday at 7:00pm in CPT’s James Levin Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102.

Tickets are $12 – $28.

All Thursday and Monday shows are just $12! Student and Senior discounts ($3 off) are available for Friday and Saturday performances. The CPT bar will be open before, during and after the show.

**Every Friday is FREE BEER FRIDAY at CPT. Audience members are invited to mingle with the artists after the show and enjoy a drink or two on CPT.**

Tickets are available for purchase at www.cptonline.org or by phone at (216) 631-2727 x 501.

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