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DNA by Dennis Kelly

12 December 2014

“This is a jet-black comedy that lays bare the way that self-interest, peer pressure and an inability to really connect and empathise with others leads to a creeping corruption

– The Guardian

“A taut, compelling thriller and a modern-day spin on Lord of the Flies, exploring group behaviour and moral equivocation’

– Financial Times

Capital T presents


by Dennis Kelly

Directed by Molly Karrasch

January 22nd-February 1st

8 Performances only!

Thursday – Sunday at 8pm

The Off Center    2211 Hidalgo Street, Austin, TX

10 Friends

1 Dead body

(The death was frankly a little inconvenient)

A group of teenagers weave a bloody web of lies in a jet-black comedy by the multi-award-winning writer Dennis Kelly. It seems that covering up a murder isn’t child’s play.

A group of peculiar adolescents do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant, and sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart.

Cap T is proud to present the regional premiere of this funny, fresh and tremendously touching play that was a smash hit in the UK.

Running Time: 80 minutes without intermission.  


Nate Dunaway
Julia Bauer
Nicholas Saenz
Adrian Collins
Taylor Hurley
Lindsey Markham
Kelley Henry
Will Douglas
Matthew Stoughton
Dillon Cavitt
Nate Jackson

Dennis Kelly- Playwright

Dennis Kelly is an internationally acclaimed playwright. Stage plays include Debris (Theatre 503 and Battersea Arts Centre, 2003 & 2004); Osama the Hero(Paines Plough and Hampstead Theatre 2004 & 2005; winner of the Meyer Whitworth Award 2006); After the End (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Bush Theatre, UK and international tour, 2005); Love and Money (Young Vic Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange, 2006); Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 2006; winner of the John Whiting Award 2007); DNA (NT Connections, National Theatre, 2007-8); Orphans(Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre and Birmingham Rep, 2009; winner of a Fringe First and Herald Angel Award 2009) and The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespear Company and Hampstead Theatre).

In 2009 Dennis was voted Best Foreign Playwright 2009 by Theatre Heute, Germany. Work for radio includes The Colony (BBC Radio 3, 2004; Prix Europa Award – Best European Radio Drama and Radio & Music Award – Scripting for Broadcast 2004) and 12 Shares (BBC Radio 4, 2005). Dennis co-wrote the award winning comedy series Pulling (Silver River and BBC 3, 2006 – 09) and wrote the stage adaptation for Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which won the Olivier award for Best New Musical in 2012.

‘We have a pool of amazingly talented playwrights in Britain, and we also have a quite separate talent pool producing comedy. There is very little dialogue between these two worlds, but Dennis is able to move very easily between them, and that is quite unique.’ – Mark Ravenhill