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WHEN: April 4-21, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM WHERE: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit* TICKETS: $30 adults; $25 seniors/students; Senior Sunday, April 7, seniors pay $15 in advance www.dreamcatcherrep.org or 1.800-838.3006
Playwrights Theatre in Madison and Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, are co-producing the première production of Suzanne Bradbeer’s Shakespeare in Vegas.
This new play tells the story of a wise guy with a dream and a discouraged New York actress who attempt to bring legit theatre to Sin City. This comedy follows Tony, the producer, and Margot, the displaced classical actress, to Las Vegas, where they recruit the cast for a season of Shakespeare’s plays. Pickings prove to be slim, as roles go to showgirls and other locals with questionable credentials. Along the way, a generations-old family curse threatens to bring their dream to an untimely end.
Bradbeer is an award-winning playwright whose works Full Bloom and You Miss Them When They’re Not Around have previously appeared on the Dreamcatcher stage. The play will be directed by John Pietrowski (Long Valley), Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of NJ, and will feature Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher. Also appearing in the cast are Dreamcatcher company member Jessica O’Hara-Baker and guests Barron B. Bass, Eli Ganias, and Rachael Lee (all of New York).
*Parking is available in the lot behind the theatre on Ashwood Avenue and at the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement.
For information on any of Playwrights Theatre programs, please visit www.ptnj.org, or contact Playwrights Theatre, 28 Walnut Street, P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973.514.1787 X20.
About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Mission Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing life-affirming stories in an intimate environment.
Core Values At Dreamcatcher we are dedicated to the integrity of the artistic process and our belief in the essential goodness of people. Our core values are: Affirmation Collaboration Empathy Honesty Loyalty Playfulness Trust
Vision Plan Dreamcatcher will be a model of a true ensemble theatre of artists committed to working together on a permanent basis. Dreamcatcher will be a place that nurtures artists’ individual growth and collective creativity. The company will invite the audience to get close to the creative process to engender a deeper understanding of how art and life enrich each other, and how the audience’s involvement and support is a crucial part of the artistic relationship.
About Playwrights Theatre:
Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.
Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Travelers, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.