SUMMIT, NJ - Just months removed from a bitter and divisive U.S. Presidential Election, and coming in what will be just weeks after the Inauguration of President-Elect Trump in Washington, D.C.., Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, will present “Continuing the Conversation: An Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election," February 2 a 7:30 pm. The event will consist of the reading of eight short plays followed by an open discussion with the audience and light refreshments.

Originated from a number of questions being asked by the artistic community in the last several months. Dreamcatcher Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand said, “The inspiration for this project, in part, came from the response to the statement the “Hamilton” cast read from the stage. It raises the question of how we as a society view the theatre and the people who make it as participants in this society. I was also interested in discovering how the artists we know were processing and participating in the dialogue happening in our country surrounding the election.”

The discussion following “Continuing the Conversation” will be focused on questions such as: What role does theatre have in civic discourse? What do audiences gain, or need, from their participation in theatre? And further, what contribution can artists as individuals make to this conversation? 

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The unique plays range from comedy to drama to musical, and will feature participating playwrights including Michael Aquino and Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Nadine Bernard (In the Shadow of My Son), Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy), David Meyers (We Will Not Be Silent), and Lia Romeo (Connected). Twenty-five actors will read the plays before the audience is invited to join in the conversation.

Dreamcatcher will share proceeds from “Continuing the Conversation" with nonprofit  Interweave, an interfaith, inter-spiritual learning center centered on integrated spirituality for daily living. Interweave’s mission is to deepen spirituality, strengthen wellness and promote the common good.

Interweave executive director, Janet Aulet Maulbeck says, "We are thrilled to be the recipients of this exciting benefit reading on "continuing the conversation". Theater is such a powerful mirror of our society, and who better to hold up that mirror than the incredibly talented Dreamcatcher ensemble."

“Continuing the Conversation” will be presented at the Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue. All tickets are $20, with advance purchase strongly encouraged by visiting dreamcatcherrep.org or by contacting Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.