Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Dreamcatcher Rep is one of my favorite professional (Actors Equity) theaters in Essex County. They consistently produce first-rate shows in an intimate black box theater. While the Baird Center is closed for repairs, Playwrights Theatre has generously allowed Dreamcatcher to relocate its spring mainstage production to their home, becoming a co-producer of the project. In addition, friends at Luna Stage in West Orange have provided rehearsal space for the production.

clip_image001DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, will present the New Jersey premiere of

By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Laura Ekstrand

WHEN: March 4–20, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM, and Sundays at
2 PM. 

Playwrights Theatre of NJ,  33 Green Village Road, in the heart of downtown Madison.
TICKETS: $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students, with special rates for subscribers and groups.  To save $3, purchase tickets online at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800.838.3006.  Students pay only $15 on Student Saturday, March 5, and seniors pay only $15 on Senior Sunday, the March 6 matinee.   
To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, 973.378.7754, ext. 2228.

DISTRACTED was a hit Off-Broadway last season, where audiences responded to its humor and relevance, making it one of the year’s most popular shows.

IMG_1778The play tells the story of nine-year-old Jesse, who has a problem, according to his teacher and a slew of specialists.  But is it ADHD, or just normal boyishness? As his parents navigate the complicated world of medical and alternative treatments, they confront the possibility that it’s not just Jesse that’s distracted: it’s our entire culture. The Associated Press called it “a smartly comic, sharply observant and surprisingly humane play.”  The reviewer at Time Out New York proclaimed it “my favorite comedy of the year!” (left: Harriett Trangucci)

The cast of DISTRACTED features the Resident Acting Company members:  Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair), Noreen Farley (Clinton), Scott McGowan (Maplewood), Jessica O’Hara-Baker (New York, and Harriett Trangucci (Summit). Completing the cast is Beth Painter (Westfield), making her first appearance at Dreamcatcher after being a long-time favorite at Alliance Rep in Rahway. The Stage Manager is Yumi Matsuura and the Assistant Stage Manager is Gloriann Figenshu (both of Madison). 

The Playwrights Theatre of NJ is wheelchair accessible.  As always, Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement.