Monday, March 30, 2015

Dreamcatcher to present the New Jersey premiere of “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” a smart new comedy

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Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing the New Jersey premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” This smart new comedy, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, recently played Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. “Rapture, Blister, Burn” plays April 16 through May 3, 2015, with talkbacks following the April 19 and April 26 matinees.

In this comedy about family, equality and twenty-first century gender politics, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths after grad school. Catherine built a career as a powerful academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband. When “Rapture, Blister, Burn” played at Playwrights Horizons in 2012 The New York Times called it an “intensely smart, immensely funny new play.”

The production is directed by David Christopher (Cranford) and features Dreamcatcher ensemble members Nicole Callender (West Orange), Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair), Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), Noreen Farley (Clinton) and Jessica O'Hara-Baker (Manhattan).

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” will run at Dreamcatcher from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, May 3, 2015. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets range from $20 to $35, with special rates for subscribers and groups. Purchase tickets at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006. Special dates: Thursday, April 16 is a preview performance; all tickets $20. Friday, April 17 is opening night. Sunday, April 19 is Senior Sunday; seniors age 65+ pay $20 (advance purchases only).

Performances are at Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit. Parking is available in the lot behind the theatre at 20 Ashwood Avenue and at the Summit Recreation Center, 100 Morris Avenue. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available for free by prior arrangement.

To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, business phone 908-514-9654.

Photo: Laura Ekstrand and Nicole Callender (DRT-Steve McIntrye)

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