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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dreamcatcher Presents Monologues at MONDO On Thursday nights in July







Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit presents the series Monologues at MONDO on Thursdays from July 5 through 26 at 8 pm at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (www.mondosummit.com).

Monologues at MONDO is an annual event where Dreamcatcher’s actors perform solo works as readings in the intimate performance space at MONDO, a brownstone that houses numerous arts and culture programs in the heart of Summit. The series provides audiences with an opportunity for casual entertainment at an affordable price, while also introducing them to highly personal works performed by professional actors.

On Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Clark Carmichael will perform The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E.M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.” Clark Carmichael will share Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, “The Gun Show” jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

The following Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Laura Ekstrand will perform We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee. Drawing from true stories of people’s experiences with tragedy, despair and loneliness, Young Jean Lee creates a life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common: we’re gonna die. "Young Jean Lee is, hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation . . . A combination of pop concert and autobiographical lament for the human condition, We're Gonna Die's forthright acknowledgment that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny, and, yes, consoling." -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.

On Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Nicole Callender will perform Pretty Fire by Charlayne Woodard. The lyrical, lifting words of Charlayne Woodard weave stories of two young sisters in the small world of Albany, New York; of Ku Klux Klan riders burning a cross—the ironic "pretty fire" of the title—in the hilltop black town of Rosignol Hill, Georgia; of three generations of family love, struggle and triumph. An authentic, mesmerizing experience of contemporary African-American life. Filled with earthy humor, it takes readers on a universal journey through a world in which the family bond is as strong as steel.

Last in the series on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Jason Szamreta will perform The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne. One actor portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. “An affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated.” -Los Angeles Times.

Tickets for all Monologues at MONDO are $20 when reserved in advance and $25 at the door. All shows begin at 8:00. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged because space is limited. To reserve you can email info@mondosummit.com or call 917-969-4534. MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Parking is available in the lot behind the building. The facility is wheelchair accessible. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

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 and many other corporations, foundations and individuals. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.


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