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A Killing Gamefrom dog & pony dc, Washington, DC

Venue Know Theatre
Running Time 80 minutes
First Time? New Participant
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Tags Comedy, Improv, Multi-Media
Adult Language





Thursday, May 30 @ 8:15pm
Sunday, June 2 @ 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 5 @ 9:00pm
Friday, June 7 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, June 8 @ 8:30pm


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An absurdist-play-meets-party-game promising the most fun you’ll ever have dying.

In a not-so-distant time and place, a deadly plague begins killing the citizenry--inexplicably, indiscriminately, and fast! Can you play against death, and win? How far will you go? How hard can you play? How much fun can you have? Who knows when you’ll have another chance. Besides: We can’t all die, can we? A Killing Game is dog & pony dc’s absurdist-play-meets-party-game that Washington Post proclaimed ”the gratification is immedate...more Airplane than Andromeda Strain” and DC Theatre Scene declared “It’s all grand fun...not to mention inventive theatre.” 

A Killing Game was inspired by Ionesco's play Killing Game, 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast, and the games Fluxx, Clue, and Werewolves. d&pdc took our “audience integration” approach into the transmedia world for A Killing Game; the show weaves smartphone-based media--Twitter, texts, good old-fashioned calls--into the narrative. We’re currently revising and complexifying this element from A Killing Game's premiere in 2012. Cincinnati audiences will be the first to experience “A Killing Game 2.0.” A look at Twitter exprience from 2012:

dog & pony dc is an ensemble-based devised theatre company focused on providing audiences new ways to experience theatre. Whether it’s an ultra-violent live-action version of the Punch and Judy puppet show, or an imagined civic ceremony that ignites debate about a time capsule’s contents, dog & pony dc shows playfully explore the elastic relationship between artist and audience. Washington Post has lauded us for “broadening playgoers’ understanding of the riddles theater can unravel.” (Thanks WaPo!) We like to think that going to our shows is like going to a concert...a rock concert. Everyone’s energized and engaged in the moment, and sometimes the audience joins in the performance. Our show Beertown received a 2011 Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding New Play and made Washington Post's Top-10 list for 2012. Arena Stage featured a workshop of A Killing Game in 2012, and we were name-dropped in American Theatre's March 2013 cover article on ensemble theatres. We’re big fans of moustaches and props.

Past Fringe Festivals:

(2009) Capital Fringe Festival, Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting
(2012) Capital Fringe Festival, Beertown

Cincinnati Enquirer:

Fringe Back Story: "A Killing Game", opening tonight at Know Theatre- By: Jackie Demaline

Fringe Review: "Killing Game" a lively party- By: David Lyman

Behind the Curtain Cincinnati:

A Killing Game (Review)- By: Rob Bucher


A Killing Game (Review)-By:Joe Gorman


A Killing Game - by Matthew Ruehlman

Coming soon!