SUMMIT, NJ - Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's annual 'Meet the Artist' new play reading series as well as its spring Inprov classes will now take place online. The new play series will be held on May 6, 13, and 20 and the Improv sessions for adults and teens will begin May 2 -- both via Zoom.
'Meet The Artist' Series
Offering the opportunity for the audience to participate in the development of new works -- both to hear the plays read by professional actors and also to discuss the projects with the playwright, director and actors afterward -- the online readings will include the chance for the audience to provide feedback to the team.
The May 6 reading, Steve Harper’s 'Black/Out Stories', is directed by Mark Spina, Artistic Director of The Theater Project. The play is the narrator's search for a pattern in black people's coming out experiences that will somehow illuminate his own, and help him to understand his place in the larger community. Highly personal, sometimes painful and sometimes funny, interviews with a variety of people willing to share their coming out stories are laced with the writer’s own quest for peace and clarity.
Dreamcatcher will present a reading of 'Tracy Jones' by Stephen Kaplan on May 13. Directed by Laura Ekstrand, Dreamcatcher’s Artistic Director, the play tells the story of a woman who is throwing a party to which she's invited every woman in the world who is also named Tracy Jones. Tracy Jones has been sitting for over an hour alone, nursing her Diet Coke, waiting for any other Tracy Joneses to show up. Tracy Jones' epic loneliness is about to be tested beyond anything she ever imagined.
'The Buzzer' by chandra thomas will be directed by Marshall Jones III and will be read on May 20. Set in Newark, The Buzzer is the story of a couple of young professionals moving into, and perhaps changing forever, a new neighborhood. As they struggle with personal questions about the future of their relationship and their desire -- or not -- to have children of their own, a young boy and his social worker change the direction of their future. With humor and warmth, the play explores the interconnectedness of its characters, and the responsibility we all have to each other and to our communities.
All readings will begin at 7 p.m., and advance registration is required. Admission is $10, and tickets can be purchased at dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006. A link to the performance will be sent thirty minutes prior to its start.
Spring Improv Class
Dreamcatcher will offer an online Improv Class for adults and teens beginning May 2. Lulu French will teach the six-week Improv 'Comedy for Teens and Adults' class, beginning May 2 and continuing through June 13, on Saturdays from 12 - 2 p.m. No class will be held on Memorial Day weekend. Registered students will receive a link which they can use to access the class for their virtual sessions, where they will unleash their creativity, listen and respond more sensitively, and above all, have fun.
This class delves deep into the craft of Improv with more complex games as the weeks progress. This mixed level Improv Class is well-suited for new improvisers, and also for actors who want to add another dimension to their skills. As always, the environment is supportive and responsive to the needs of students with any level of experience. Improv is a valuable skill for countless situations such as public speaking, auditions and job interviews as well.
French first took improv classes at Gotham City Improv two decades ago and has been improvising ever since, studying Improv under Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and Matt Besser, various Second City alumni such as Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys), and Improv masters Michael Gellman, Dave Razowsky, and Aretha Sills.
The cost for the six-week class is $210. To register for the class, visit dreamcatcherrep.org or call 908-514-9654.