by Allison Page
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, SF
March 9 – March 23, 2017
A new play by Allison Page that explores our timeless human desire to investigate and glamorize death, and the real and imagined consequences which follow.
Dorothy Kilgallen was a prominent journalist and newspaper columnist (the nationally syndicated The Voice of Broadway) and perhaps even more prominent as a panelist on the popular game show What’s My Line. As a journalist Dorothy covered some of the most famous crimes of the twentieth century and was the last person to interview Jack Ruby. Shortly after she announced that she knew who kill John Kennedy she died mysteriously. Her passing was initially deemed an accidental drug overdose but over time it has become a favorite topic of conspiracy theorists who are convinced that she was killed by either the government or others associated with the JFK killing.
In Kilgallen/Jones Dorothy is largely a distant, mysterious memory in 2017 until 19 year old Alexis Jones stumbles across her story and the questions which surround it. Following in the footsteps of Sarah Koenig, Alexis launches her own podcast seeking to solve the mystery of Dorothy’s life and death, and finds herself pulled into the murky history of the trailblazing, enemy-making Kilgallen, alienating everyone close to her. Living by what she believes to be Dorothy’s Code of Conduct, she gets closer than may be wise to unraveling one of conspiracy theorists’ favorite subjects — but at what cost? Part real life mystery, part fiction, Kilgallen/Jones explores our timeless human desire to investigate and glamorize death, and the real and imagined consequences which follow. Allison, the playwright, says the play is a “study of what it means to be human, and why we focus on unanswerable questions. I’ve found that weaving timeless struggles and realities with current events, pop culture, and speculations about the future all come into play in my current works and Kilgallen/Jones is the apex of that for me.”