The black comedy The Dog(run) Diaries is populated by Auden, a 15-year-old boy intent on the sexual conquest of Bruce, his appropriately reluctant 38-year-old teacher, Auden’s dead sister and his imaginary canine friends. Written by Brooklyn playwright Andrew Kramer, Dog(run) is presented today as a staged reading by Wordsmyth Theater Company.
The play turns the tables on the stereotypical ideas of victim and predator. “The boy pursues the older man, not the other way around,” says Wordsmyth board member Eric James. “Bruce says, ‘This can’t happen,’ obviously, but that temptation is there for him.” In an effort to grow up and be more attractive to Bruce, Auden starts to cut his links to childhood; he starts by giving away his imaginary dog friends. That begs the question, is acting grown-up the same as being grown-up?
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Dog(run) was one of just six plays Wordsmyth selected for staged readings this season (some 130 scripts were submitted). What made Kramer’s work stand out? “It’s the writing,” says James. “The characters are fresh and new. It’s a dark comedy, yes, but it definitely deals with some very dramatic themes.” 7 p.m. Main Street Theater/Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose. For information, call 281-788-8007 or visit www.wordsmyththeater.org. Free.
Mon., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 2011