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ITHACA, N.Y.Kitchen Theatre Company concludes its 2016-17 season with an encore production of Brian Dykstra’s Clean Alternatives, a play about corporate bullying, environmental politics, and standing up for one’s beliefs-with a little slam poetry and Zen Buddhism thrown into the mix.

Clean Alternatives begins previews on June 4, opens on June 8, and closes on June 18, 2017.

Kitchen Theatre Company first produced Clean Alternatives on the 2006-2007 Season. Ithaca Times called the 2006 production “a powerful meditation on social responsibility and personal redemption, mixing razor-edged dialogue with a poetry-slam directness.” It was also the beginning of a rich relationship with playwright Brian Dykstra and director Margarett Perry: since then, Kitchen Theatre Company has produced five more plays by Dykstra (four of which had their first productions at the Kitchen) and featured him as an actor in four additional plays. Margarett Perry has directed a whopping twenty-two productions here!

Artistic Director Rachel Lampert, who will be retiring right on the heels of this production, made certain to include Margarett Perry and Brian Dykstra in her final season at the Kitchen. “I am pleased that Clean Alternatives will be the final play of the 2016-17 season and the last play I produce in my tenure as Artistic Director. We have assembled a wonderful cast, Margarett remains at the helm, Tyler M. Perry has created a detailed and exciting set, Lisa Boquist is the costume designer and Hannah Kochman returns as the props manager.  I look forward to the conversations this play will stimulate.”

The cast of Clean Alternatives includes playwright Brian Dykstra as Mr. Cutter*, Vince Gatton* (last seen at the Kitchen in Cock) as Mr. Slate, and Lori Prince* as Jackie.
*Member Actors Equity Association

The creative team includes scenic and lighting design by Tyler M. Perry (KTC credits: Throw Pitchfork, Sex With Strangers, Dancing Lessons, Peter and the Starcatcher, I and You, The House, Thin Walls, among others) and costume design by Lisa Boquist (KTC credits: Sex With Strangers, Birds of East Africa, Hand to God, Precious Nonsense, The Mountaintop, Paloma, among others). Jen Schilansky (stage manager) has been the resident stage manager for the past 5 seasons

Kitchen Theatre Company’s production of Clean Alternatives has the Co-Producing Sponsorship of Maguire Family of Dealerships, the Sponsorship of Elissa Cogan & Barry Chester and Cornell University, and the Media Sponsorship of Ithaca Voice.

Tickets are available by calling (607) 272-0570 or on line at Season subscriptions are available over the phone at (607) 272-0570, or in person at the Kitchen offices (409 W. State St.) MondayFriday, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM and at the theater (417 W. State St.) Saturday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM. Clean Alternatives has adult language and is recommended for ages 14+.

“Important conversations happen in the Kitchen.”


Clean Alternatives

WHAT: Clean Alternatives by Brian Dykstra

WHEN: June 4 – 18, 2017

  • Sun, June 4 @ 4:00 – PREVIEW, POST-SHOW TALKBACK
  • Wed, June 7 @ 7:30 – PREVIEW, POST-SHOW TALKBACK
  • Thurs, June 8 @ 7:30 – OPENING NIGHT
  • Fri, June 9 @ 8:00 – POST-SHOW TALKBACK
  • Sat, June 10 @ 8:00
  • Sun, June 11 @ 4:00
  • Wed, June 14 @ 7:30
  • Thurs, June 15 @ 2:00 & 7:30
  • Sat, June 17 @ 8:00
  • Sun, June 18 @ 4:00


Kitchen Theatre Company
417 W. State/MLK, Jr. St. Ithaca, NY 14850

Bold, intimate, engaging… Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC), now concluding its 26th season, is downtown Ithaca’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized year-round professional theater company, specializing in regional and world premiere plays and musicals. KTC’s intimate 99-seat theater is in a beautifully renovated, LEED-certified building in the West End neighborhood of downtown Ithaca, New York. KTC is the first not-for-profit recipient of the David R. Strong Memorial “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Kitchen Theatre Company also receives general operating support from the Shubert Foundation.