SUMMIT, NJ - Dreamcatcher will launch its 26th season September 18, continuing to make the health and safety of its audiences and artists as its first priority. As such, Dreamcatcher will provide its programming virtually through the end of the 2020 calendar year.
Given this environment, Dreamcatcher is producing a variety of performances that will continue to connect the community with stories that reflect its shared experiences and, as always, challenging, energizing and entertaining audiences via the paradoxically intimate medium of the internet.
The season's calendar of performances includes:
A Certain Age -- September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
In September, we kick off the season with a one-night only, interactive reading of A Certain Age via Zoom. Previously scheduled for March as a part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival, A Certain Age by Laura Ekstrand is a highly personal, honest and hilarious tour of what it means to be no longer young, but not yet old, as a woman today. The participatory experience will help women who are “in the middle” to sort through the many confusing messages coming at us from the media, our peers, and our own inner voices.
Ways to be Happy by David Lee White -- October
Originally scheduled for production in the spring of 2020, Ways to be Happy will come to life as an audio play which will be released in October. The comedy -- about chasing our inalienable right -- will cover multiple locations using listeners’ imaginations and the lively sound design of Jeff Knapp. Darting from a convenience store to a cabin in the woods to a theme park, Maddie and the unusual people she meets are searching for happiness. Does it exist? Or is the world fundamentally rigged? Available in early October, the recording can be purchased for download on Dreamcatcher’s website.
Sitting and Talking -- November 12 at 8 p.m.
November’s presentation will be Lia Romeo’s Sitting and Talking, a piece written during the pandemic that reflects on our human need to connect, no matter what the circumstances. Charles and Enid are in their sixties, and have never tried online dating before, especially not over video chat. But now that they're confined to their homes, there's a first time for everything. A love story for this moment, Sitting and Talking will be performed on Zoom.
Holiday Bites - December 4 through 13
In time for the holidays, Dreamcatcher will present an evening of new short plays commissioned from our favorite playwrights. Six actors will perform six plays with themes that can include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, the winter solstice, or anything that tickles the writers’ fancies. Holiday Bites will be performed live over two weekends, December 4 through December 13, online.
These presentations will be supplemented by three performances by Dreamcatcher’s improv comedy group The Flip Side: Back to School, Halloween and Thanksgiving. The 30-minute shows will be available each month via Facebook, the Dreamcatcher website, and through email blasts.
The third season of the podcast, LOCAL with Laura Ekstrand, will begin in September with guest Deonté Griffin-Quick, Manager of Programs and Services for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Griffin-Quick is a leader in the New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color Network, a native New Jerseyan and an alumnus of Kean University. The podcast, chosen as one of the Top Ten Local Podcasts of 2019 by Podcast Business Journal, features members of the arts and culture 'ecosystem' of the Garden State.
The company’s work is supported by grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and several other corporate and individual donors that believe in the power of the arts to bring people together and promote understanding between them. Because of the improvisational nature of the upcoming months, each event will be sold separately, with no season passes available for the time being.
Registration for all programs, along with information about upcoming events, can be found by visiting DreamcatcherRep.org. Dreamcatcher is based at The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue. For more information, call 908-514-9654.