“We haven’t kept to a consistent schedule because we’re renting space,” said Barwick. In the meantime the theater group has been promoting a $1 million fund-raising campaign to buy and renovate a new home, in the Old Fourth Ward.
That new space will open at the end of the year, Barwick said. In the meantime the company is putting on a holiday show called "Thankskilling the Musical" at the 7 Stages facility, and at the end of the month will open "Merry %#!*-ing Christmas."
The Thanksgiving-themed show, they write, is “the most brazenly offensive show we’ve foolishly decided to take on. This show has singing, dancing, blood, and a very homicidal turkey.”
A big fund-raiser for the company is its special spring BaconFest, described as "an unbridled bash filled to the brim with the 3 B's: BEER. BANDS. BACON." In 2012 Kevin Bacon, who happened to be in town filming a Fox television pilot, dropped in and had a jolly time. Since then he has developed a rapport with Dad's.
Barwick is not concerned about the World Health Organization’s warnings about the carcinogenic properties of smoked meats. “We are supporters of bacon,” he said.
» Read our Sunday Conversation with Dad's Garage artistic director Kevin Gillese here.