FOXFINDER to Make U.S. Premiere 10/29 at Artists Rep
With seven premieres on its stages this year, Artists Rep's 2013/14 season reinforces the theatre's longstanding commitment to producing new plays in Portland. With the U.S. premiere of Foxfinder starting October 29, Artists Rep aims to give this play national recognition and offer West Coast audiences the first look at this up-and-coming playwright.
At the heart of Dawn 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.
"Dawn King has crafted a parable that feels somehow classical and yet urgently contemporary," said Director Dámaso Rodriguez at the productions' first rehearsal. "It strikes me as a play that could have been written several decades in the past or sometime in the future, and its themes are infinitely relatable." Talking about the play and his directorial intentions to the group of staff, donors and friends at the first rehearsal, he said, "The world of this play is unlike anything else in Artists Rep's season or most of the plays written today."
Strong design themes that reflect "this world," working with the ideas of future present and future past will be crafted by: Kristeen Willis Crosser(Scenic and Lighting Design), Doug Newell (Sound Design), Gregory Pulver (Sound Design) and Rusty Tennant (Properties Design). The Stage Manager is Tozzi McDowell and Stephanie Mulligan is the Production Manager.
The U.S. premiere of Foxfinder is produced in association with L.A.'s Furious Theatre Company. The cast and design team features a mix of Portland and L.A.-based artists, who will remount the play following the Portland run, January through February 2014, in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Foxfinder, written by Dawn King and directed by Dámaso Rodriguez, features Sara Hennessy, Shawn Lee, Amanda Soden and Joshua Weinstein. The show runs Oct. 29 - Dec. 1. Preview performances are Oct. 29, 30, 31 & Nov. 1. Opening Night is Saturday, November 2. Show runs Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm. All performances play the Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage (16th and Alder St.). Tickets: $25-$55. Box Office: 503.241.1278 or www.artistsrep.org.
Dawn King, Playwright: Dawn is an award-winning writer who works in theatre, 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 shortlisted 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). Dawn was Pearson writer-in-residence at the Finborough for 2012. She was one of 10 writers chosen for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme in 2012, and through this, received a seed commission and residency at West Yorkshire Playhouse, where she wrote Ciphers. Ciphers is being produced by Out of Joint, Exeter Northcott and The Bush and will tour the UK in 2013/2014. In 2013, Dawn participated in the prestigious Channel Four television writing scheme, 4 Screenwriting 2013. She has an original drama series in development with Touchpaper Television. Her short film, The Karman Line, is in post-production. Dawn writes regularly for radio and has had radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra and BBC Radio 3. Previous theatre work includesWater Sculptures/ZOO double bill (The Union Theatre); Face Value (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough) and Doghead Boy and Sharkmouth Go To Ikea (The Junction, Cambridge). Dawn was a member of both the Soho Theatre and Royal Court Theatre Young Writers' Programmes and has an MA distinction in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths University, London.