Monday, April 4, 2016

Dreamcatcher to present 'The Outgoing Tide,' a drama about family and a New Jersey premiere

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing the New Jersey premiere of Bruce Graham’s drama “The Outgoing Tide.” This darkly comic and beautiful story of a long marriage and complex family relationship had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2012. “The Outgoing Tide” runs April 21 – May 8, 2016, with talkbacks following the April 24 and May 1 matinees.

In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding before the tide goes out. This drama hums with dark humor and powerful emotion. When the play ran Off-Broadway in 2012, The New York Times said, “…this drama brings sensitive observation and minor-key humor to painful situations that many of us will recognize from our own families…its poignant conclusion will have resonance for many in the audience.”

The production is directed by Jack Tamburri (Maplewood) and features Dreamcatcher ensemble members Noreen Farley (Clinton) and David Miceli (Little Falls). Also featured is Roger Rathburn (Montclair), whose career has spanned Broadway, film and television as well as regional theatre. 

Playwright Bruce Graham is a Philadelphia-based writer known for works including “Any Given Monday,” “Coyote on a Fence” and “Stella and Lou.” Graham's works have been performed all over the country and in Europe, and have been nominated for and won honors such as the Drama Desk and Barrymore Awards.

Creative Team
Director: Jack Tamburri
Stage manager: Amy Hadam†
Scenic designer: Nate Dahlkemper
Lighting designer: Zach Pizza
Sound designer: Jeff Knapp
Playwright: Bruce Graham

“The Outgoing Tide” will run at Dreamcatcher from Thursday, April 21, a preview performance, through Sunday, May 8, 2016. 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, April 21 is a preview performance; all tickets $20. Friday, April 22 is opening night, followed by a reception with the cast. Sunday, April 24 is Senior Sunday; seniors age 65+ pay $20 (advance purchases only). Saturday, April 30 is an Audio Described performance for patrons with visual disabilities.

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.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994 as a non-profit professional ensemble of actors, a subset of whom perform in every production. The mission of our ensemble is to 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, improv comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

senior outreach program

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 an Equity Producing Theatre member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

* member of the Dreamcatcher ensemble
† member of the Actors' Equity

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