Hot Dog by Sarah Kosar

Descent Theatre presents a new black comedy by Sarah Kosar. Directed by Faye Merralls

She pissed on me. Actual dirty yellow piss. I’m not overreacting on this one. My mother should not pee on me! Meet Maryanne’s mother: The Dog.

After years caring for her elderly mother, Maryanne has finally found a way out, leaving her sister Carol to take over. But the Dog has other ideas.
Determined to reject Carol and force Maryanne to stay, the Dog’s increasingly malicious behaviour is getting out of control. But the sisters can only put up with so much, before something must be done.

Hot Dog explores the delicate balance of the mother-daughter relationship and the tipping point from carer to owner. When a person’s needs overcome their personality, Kosar’s script asks the question: are old people even human beings? This brilliantly absurdist piece depicts a mother, transformed by years of care from a woman, to almost an animal. Behind the humour lies darker truths about the treatment of old people in our society and the casual intimacy of familial relationships.

Set in small town America, Hot Dog is a black comedy about old loyalties, new beginnings and losing sight of our humanity.

Playwright Sarah Kosar wrote Hot Dog whilst on the Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme. Originally from America, her first play, Phyllis, was selected and published for The Cultural Conversations Festival, Pennsylvania. Now London-based, she has received readings at Arch 468, Jackson’s Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith, I.N.C Space and the Soho Theatre as well as being featured in a showcase for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition. Sarah is currently working with Theatre Centre and the Hampstead Theatre and is a member of The Royal Court Theatre Studio Writing Group.

Director Faye Merralls is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London and the Globe Theatre as well as working freelance as a director. Her directing credits include; Perfect Now (Festopia at Theatre503), The Door (for 8fold Theatre at the Cockpit Theatre), Holding on to Helen (Rich Mix), Babies (Vault Festival at the Old Vic Tunnels), The Chair, and Five-One (Union Theatre) and as assistant director, Old Bomb Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night at The Nursery and Is there anything I could wear? (Theatre 503).

Established in 2010, Descent is a new writing theatre company that produces nights of original short plays to sell-out audiences in various London fringe venues including the Old Vic Tunnels, Rich Mix and The Union Theatre. Descent’s focus is on writing development, and they work collaboratively with writers to workshop and rehearse their script prior to performance. This year Descent is expanding to produce longer plays and Hot Dog will be their first full-length production.

Written by: SARAH KOSAR
Directed by: FAYE MERRALLS
Lighting Designer NADIA NIELSON
Co-Producer/Literary Manager KEZIAH WARNER
Co-Producer/Casting Director STEPHANIE LODGE
Dates: Tuesday 12th – Sunday 17th March, 2013
Times: Tue-Sat: 8pm, Sun: 4pm
Venue: The Last Refuge | 133 Rye Lane, Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4ST
Tickets: £12/£8 (concs)
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