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Friday, September 25, 2015

‘The Electric Baby’ a magical drama at Dreamcatcher Rep


Sandy and Scott Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing its first mainstage show of the season, Stefanie Zadravec’s “The Electric Baby.” This beautiful tale of beginnings and endings played Off-Broadway and at Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. “The Electric Baby” plays October 1 – 18, 2015, with talkbacks following the October 4 and 11 matinees.

When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls encounter a magical dying baby and begin to rewrite the stories of their lives. Folk tales and folklore weave throughout this darkly comic story of sad endings, strange beginnings, and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next. During its 2012 production, The New York Times said, “The imperceptible magic that pervades human existence and the power of myth to assuage sorrow are invoked by Stefanie Zadravec as she entwines the lives of strangers in The Electric Baby, a touching new drama.”

The production is directed by Laura Ekstrand (Livingston) and features Dreamcatcher ensemble members Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair), Scott McGowan (Maplewood) and Harriett Trangucci (Summit). The cast also includes Andre DeSandies (Englewood), last seen in Dreamcatcher’s “The Most Deserving,” Beth Painter (Westfield), seen in Dreamcatcher’s “Distracted” and Sandy Sainvil (Linden).

“The Electric Baby” will run at Dreamcatcher from Thursday, October 1, a preview performance, through Sunday, October 18, 2015. Performances are 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, October 1 is a preview performance; all tickets $20. Friday, October 2 is opening night. Sunday, October 4 is Senior Sunday; seniors age 65+ pay $20 (advance purchases only).

cbk 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: Sandy Sainvil and Scott McGowan rehearse The Electric Baby (credit: Anna Gracie)

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