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Monday, September 15, 2014

Dreamcatcher and Playwrights Theatre Collaborate on production of ‘100 Years’

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Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey of Madison are co-producing the premiere production of Richard Dresser’s 100 Years.  This dark comedy set sometime in the not-too-distant future has been developed on stages across the country before coming to New Jersey. 100 Years plays October 2 through 19, with talkbacks following the October 5 and 12 matinees.

In the play, Joan and Stevie prepare for what has been promised will be a transformative experience. But what will this mean for life as they know it? And what’s the deal with the strange couple next door? From the playwright of such funny and topical plays as Rounding Third, Gun-Shy and The Pursuit of Happiness, 100 Years confronts today’s most dire global crises with incisive humor and sly wisdom.

The comedy will be directed by Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), and will feature Eli Ganias (New York), Julian Gordon (Summit), Stacie Lents (Hoboken), John Pietrowski (Long Valley), and Harriett Trangucci (Summit), who is a member of Dreamcatcher’s professional Resident Acting Company.

100 Years will run at Dreamcatcher from Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 19.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets range from $20-$35, with special rates for subscribers and groups.  Purchase tickets online at www.dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.  All tickets are $20 at theThursday, October 2 preview performance, and seniors pay only $20 on advance purchases only on Senior Sunday, the October 5 matinee.

Performances are at The Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.  Parking is available in the lot behind the theatre on Ashwood Avenue and at the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue.  The facility is wheelchair accessible.  Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement.  To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654. For information on any of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey programs, please visit www.ptnj.org, or contact Playwrights Theatre of NJ, P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940,973-514-1787 x20.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing life-affirming stories in an intimate environment.  We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

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, the Manley-Winser Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a senior member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

About Playwrights Theatre:

Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”

Funding for our activities comes from: 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, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Travelers, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.

Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.

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