By PAM HARBAUGH
The best theater organizations in this country not only produce excellent theater, but they also help birth new works.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre does just that with its annual “Playfest!” and its affiliation with the acclaimed National New Play Network.
One of the plays that have come out of “Playfest!” 2013 is Jennifer Hoppe-House’s “Bad Dog.” That play now will enjoy a fully realized production opening Friday and running to May 3.
The dark comedy revolves around Molly Drexler, who falls apart after 10 years of being clean and sober. In trying to deal with Molly’s issues, her dysfunctional family confront their own demons.
SIDE O’ GRITS: “Bad Dog” runs through May 3 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and select Wednesdays. Tickets are $20 to $45, special prices for Thursday’s preview performance and senior matinees. Call 407-447-1700 ext. 1, or visit www.OrlandoShakes.org.