SUMMIT, NJ - Celebrating its 25th year of presenting -- with humor and heart -- stories that reflect on the shared experience of being human, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season, a slate of productions with an overall theme of: “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
Three productions, including two world premieres and one New Jersey premiere, plus improvisational comedy, cabaret, new play readings, a holiday variety show as well as programs for seniors and students all part of the silver season.
Dreamcatcher’s fall mainstage production is the World Premiere of The Lucky Ones by Lia Romeo. In the dramatic comedy, Vanessa and Janie are best friends. Then a devastating diagnosis forces them to consider what that friendship means and how much it matters. An exploration of aging, mortality, and the value and complexity of female friendship. The Lucky Ones opens September 26 and will play until October 13.
The second mainstage production of the season, opening in February, is the New Jersey Premiere of Be Here Now by Deborah Zoe Laufer. 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. Be Here Now runs February 20 through March 8.
Dreamcatcher’s final mainstage production of the season will be the World Premiere of the comedy Ways to be Happy by David Lee White. 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? Ways to be Happy runs from April 16 through May 3.
Dreamcatcher’s improv comedy group 'The Flip Side' will bring its own brand of silliness and spontaneity to life for two evenings during the season. The first show will be on Saturday, October 26 and the second will be Saturday, March 21.
From Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, Dreamcatcher will present an original musical cabaret performance entitled Broadway: The B Side at MONDO.
On December 7, Dreamcatcher will present A Very Special (Holiday) Special, a unique and affectionate send-up of traditional television holiday variety shows that includes holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun.
In the spring of 2020, two 'Meet the Artist' new play readings will be held on May 13 and 20, thought-provoking experiences which include the opportunity for audience discussion with the writer, director and actors after the performance.
Dreamcatcher Junior, the summer program for students entering grades 5-12, will culminate in its annual production on Friday, July 31, an original family show that always draws on the creativity of its young actors to shape the piece. Each year, the youth company creates a one-of-a-kind piece that has ranged from fairy tale quest to Shakespeare adaptation to musical revue.
Season passes are available for purchase and provide substantial discounts to all events. Special rates for groups are also available. Performances will be held at Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue. For more information, call 908-514-9654 or visit DreamcatcherRep.org.
The theatre at Oakes Center is wheelchair accessible, and such access services as large print scripts, assistive listening devices, and audio description will be available by prior arrangement throughout the season.
An Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by 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, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals.