A Killing Game

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Venue Know Theatre
Running Time 80 minutes
Website www.dogandponydc.com
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: http://storify.com/mharker.



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!




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  1. We're looking very much forward to performing alongside A KILLING GAME at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival! This sounds like a very fun piece with it's absurdist twists. The synopsis reminds me of the Final Destination films, but with a better quality of presentation. Can't wait to see the performance! Best wishes! 

    Unity Productions 

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    Fringe Page: http://www.cincyfringe.com/performance/the-wave-by-ron-jones

  2. Randy Waterhous

    1*- Sorry I saw it
    2*- Glad I saw it
    3*- I recommend it
    4*- I would see it again
    And a second rating to cover degrees of weirdness ( a Fringe Festival standard)
    Fringy, Fringier, Fringiest

    A Killing Game

    Randy 2.5* Suzana 2.5* Klara 2.5* Fringier

    Talk about audience participation! This is a game show with the usual hype and hyperbolic hucksterism of most shows. The theme, in contrast, is catastrophic die offs, I would say, due to plagues and resulting panics. It was very carefully organized so that the adventurous could easily participate and the timid could warm up to getting involved. By the end they had us all joining in, with most of us dying at least once. It was surprising light weight and fun. We may have given it stronger ratings if it had seemed more of a lesson in how deliberately ignorant we are about our human vulnerability and mortality, and less a spoof of the hollowness of game show entertainment. Also, we may be looking at a show which, if 20 minutes shorter, would have been 20 minutes better. Maybe not.

  3. This show is so much fun. It is like playing a game with friends at a party. There is role playing and we get to die in a crazy imaginative ways. The actors are great at engaging the audience in the fun activities. And who doesn't like being part of a zany game show!

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