Critically-acclaimed Furious Theatre Company in association with, and direct from its acclaimed run at the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, the rolling U.S. premiere of “Foxfinder” written by Dawn King and directed by Dámaso Rodriguez. “Foxfinder” features Furious members, Sara Hennessey and Shawn Lee as well as Amanda Soden and Joshua Weinstein. The show previews 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2014 and opens 8 p.m. Saturday, January 11.
In “Foxfinder” King’s gripping, futuristic parable, beats an incendiary plot that pulses with menace and suspicion. In rural England, a blight of bad luck has befallen the countryside and a fox infestation may be to blame. The totalitarian government sends an agent, a “foxfinder,” into the home of Judith and Samuel Covey and the invasive inspection whirls simple lives into a frenzy of finger-pointing and distrust. As the bizarre scrutiny intensifies, guilt, fear and distorted realities fuel a feverish hunt to explain the unknown.
Rodriguez is the artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland having joined the theater in July of 2013. He is a Co-Founder of the Los Angeles-based Furious Theatre Company, an ensemble-driven theatre committed to daring, socially relevant new plays of visceral impact, where he served as co-artistic director from 2001-2012. From 2007-2010 he served as associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, where he directed main-stage productions and oversaw programming for the Playhouse’s second stage, including its Hothouse New Play Development Program.
King is an award-winning writer who works in theater, radio and film. Dawn’s play “Foxfinder” won the Papatango Theatre Company writing competition in 2011 and was produced at the Finborough Theatre, London, where it was critically acclaimed and sold out. “Foxfinder” won Dawn Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Awards 2012 and was short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize 2012 and the James Tait Black drama prize 2011/2012. “Foxfinder” has had productions in Sweden (Gothenburg English Speaking Theatre) and Australia (Red Stitch).
King has an original drama series in development with Touchpaper Television. Her short film, “The Karman Line,” is in post-production. She writes regularly for radio and has had radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra and BBC Radio 3.
“Foxfinder” previews 8 p.m. Friday, January 10 opens 8 p.m. Saturday, January 11 and performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Sunday, February 2. Tickets are $20, $10 for the preview. Call 626-356-7529 or visit www.furioustheatre.org.
The Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena.