Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dreamcatcher to present 'The How and the Why' a drama about science, family and survival of the fittest

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing Sarah Treem’s drama The How and the Why. This intricate and thought-provoking play had its premiere at the McCarter Theatre in 2011. “The How and the Why” runsSeptember 22 – October 9, 2016, with talkbacks following the September 25 and October 2 matinees.

Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation. When the play ran at the McCarter in 2011, The New York Times called it “a moving portrait of a woman meeting with equanimity an unexpected, often painful series of questions about the choices she made in the past.”

The production is directed by Laura Ekstrand (Livingston) and features Dreamcatcher ensemble members Jessica O’Hara-Baker (New York) and Harriett Trangucci (Summit). Playwright Sarah Treem is the Golden Globe winning writer and producer of Showtime’s The Affair. She also writes for House of Cards for Netflix, and is Writer/Producer on two acclaimed HBO series: In Treatment and Mark Wahlberg’s How To Make It In America. Her full-length plays include Empty Sky, Against the Wall, Mirror, Mirror, A Feminine Ending, Human Voices, When We Were Young and Unafraid, and Vienna’s Amazing.

The How and the Why will run at Dreamcatcher from Thursday, September 22, a preview performance, through Sunday, October 9, 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, September 22is a preview performance; all tickets $20. Friday, September 23 is opening night, followed by a reception with the cast. Sunday, September 25 is SeniorSunday; 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: Harriett Trangucci and Jessica O’Hara-Baker (Steve McIntyre)

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