SUMMIT, NJ - Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre will stage the New Jersey Premiere of 'Be Here Now' by Deborah Zoe Laufer beginning February 20 through March 8. First produced in 2018, the comedy has since been performed at venues throughout the country.
Surrounded by painfully cheerful co-workers, Bari is deeply cynical and woefully underemployed. After an unexpected and unexplainable turn of events, Bari finds herself on an enlightening new path. When she meets Mike, it’s her turn to pull another out of the darkness. The production is directed by Harry Patrick Christian and features Dreamcatcher ensemble members Nicole Callender, Clark Carmichael and Laura Ekstrand, as well as guest Daria M. Sullivan.
Laufer is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award, and grants and commissions from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Edgerton Foundation, The National New Play Network, the NEA, and the LeCompte du Nouy grant from the Lincoln Center Foundation. Her plays are published by Samuel French, Smith and Kraus, and Playscripts, and have been developed at The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program, New Georges, The Lark Play Development Center, Asolo Repertory Theatre, PlayLab, and the Baltic Playwrights Conference.
She is a graduate of Juilliard, an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and a member of The Dramatists Guild.
'Be Here Now' will run at Dreamcatcher from Thursday, February 20, a preview performance, through Sunday, March 8. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets -- ranging from $25 to $39, with special rates for subscribers and groups -- are available by visiing dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.
Special dates include the Thursday, February 20, preview performance, with all tickets $25; Opening Night on Friday, February 21, followed by a reception with the cast; and 'Senior Sunday' on Sunday, February 23, with seniors age 65+ paying $25. Talkbacks follow the February 23 and March 1 matinees.
As a special treat for patrons at the Sunday matinees, three free short yoga and meditation classes will be offered before the show designed to allow audience members to “be here now” just in time to enjoy the performance.
Performances are at Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.