Year of the Rooster (now closed)

By Eric Dufault

Regional Premiere.

December 9, 2015-January 10, 2016

You said, “More shows with chickens!” and we heard you. Loosely inspired by the Odysseus myth, Year of the Rooster takes us unabashedly and unconventionally into the filthy world of cockfighting. Hapless fast-food pusher, Gil, delves deeper and deeper into the business of pitting animal against animal in this acid-tongued comedy. Without guidance, he may lose his grasp on all that’s dear to him, including his relationship with the very bird he’s trained to fight like a champion.

The critics are raving about
Year of the Rooster by Eric Dufault!

“Odysseus—played by Paul Diem—immediately elicits laughter…(This) is a play about cockfighting, the people who dare to do it and the lives such, well, cocky behavior affects. And director Dustin C.T. Morris is pulling it off at Single Carrot Theater.” – Baltimore Style

“It’s more about dreamers and schemers, about getting ahead and getting even…To wash it all down, Dufault tosses in a lot of sharp humor and off-beat touches, which makes the work tailor-made for Single Carrot, dean of Baltimore’s alternative theater scene.” – Baltimore Sun

“Bringing to the stage a sense of curious absurdism with magical realism, Dufault’s work under Morris’ direction is a bizarre though poignant examination of the way life can present and destroy opportunities in the blink of an eye.” – Theatre Bloom

“The writing is very funny, but it comes from a place of urgency. And while the whole world of the play is a bit “off” (which I mean in a very good way), the excellent cast performs it with tremendous emotional honesty.” – DC Metro Theater Arts

Up Close with Playwrights Jen Silverman and Eric Dufault

EARLY ON IN THEIR CAREERS, playwrights Jen Silverman and Eric Dufault, two rising stars of theater, shared a small apartment in New York City. These writers explored their creativity while building a lasting friendship in tight quarters having a mutual admiration for each other’s work.     

Single Carrot Theatre’s 9th season, entitled No-Fear, New Work, features the work of both of these young and witty playwrights. Silverman’s Phoebe in Winter, a darkly hilarious exploration of familial bonds in a post-war universe, ran this fall with great reviews, and Dufault’s Year of the Rooster, a profound and gritty comedy about cockfighting and salvation, is currently running through January 10th at Single Carrot Theatre in Remington.

It is interesting to see how their roommate experience informed their work, so we had them sit down with each other to delve a bit deeper into their relationship.

Read excerpts from their interviews in What Weekly!

Read Dufault’s full responses (and check out some sketches he penned and hung on his wall!)

Read Silverman’s full responses!

Special Events

LGBT+ Mixer & Team Trivia
Thursday, December 17
Cocktails and team trivia at 7 p.m. in the Single Carrot Rehearsal Hall.
The event will be followed by a performance of Year of the Rooster by Eric Dufault at 8 p.m.
All are invited to participate!  

Charm City Cook
A suburban-to-urban transplant, Amy Langrehr began raising chickens in her Hampden rowhome just four years ago. The food blogger will be introducing one of “the girls” to the audience following Year of the Rooster performance on Sunday, Jan. 3. Langrehr will speak about raising chickens in an urban environment, different breeds, licenses, the differences between chickens and roosters and things to consider when setting up a chicken coop.

Young Professionals Night
Join us on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. for drinks and conversation in the lobby followed by a performance of Year of the Rooster at 8 p.m.



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