What Can Ben Clawson Do With a Frozen Turkey?


omnivores.jpgI’m not sure, but Colleen Finnegan, who is producing Ben Clawson’s newest play, “Omnivores,” says it’s so shocking she’s thinking of setting up an audience cam to capture reactions.
Clawson, as you may recall, is a talented young playwright who’s spun out play after play since graduating from Montclair State two years ago. We loved “Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things,” which was set in a dim little office of a school bus company. “Omnivores” is a dark comedy set in a secluded cabin.

“The play does not take place on Thanksgiving, but it is an autumn/early winter play with certain themes of family, and a principle plot element happens to be a frozen turkey,” says Clawson.

Clawson and his Strange Dog Theatre Co. did their last few shows at Luna Stage. Now that Luna’s Bloomfield Avenue location has gone dark, Clawson and Strange Dog have relocated at Playwrights Theatre in Madison. “Omnivores” opens opens next Friday night, and in keeping with the sort-of Thanksgiving theme, the production is asking theater-goers to bring canned goods for the Food Bank of New Jersey to the opening show.
We’re glad to see that Strange Dog regular Scott Cagney, another MSU grad, will be part of the cast.
Shows are 8 pm on Nov. 27, 28 Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11 and 12, with a 3 pm matinee on Nov. 29 and a 10 pm “college night” show on Dec. 5. Playwrights is located at 33 Green Village Rd. in Madison. Tickets are $15 and $20 and can be purchased here.


  1. Strandedog Theater’s plays are excellent fun.
    Their plays very creative, original, and much impressive (my favorite being Sam Patch).
    see their new production and support your local artists!

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