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Friday, August 3, 2018

Dreamcatcher Offers “Meet the Artist” New Play Reading on August 15



Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will present a bonus Meet the Artist new play reading on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 pm at the Oakes Center.

The new play reading series is a chance for the audience to participate in the development of new works, both to hear the play read by professional actors and also to discuss the project with the playwright, director and actors afterward.  Feedback from these evenings helps the playwrights to further refine their scripts and also gives them a first-hand experience of how the audience will respond to the finished work. These evenings provide a fun and lively way to interact with the creative process, and to receive a preview of plays that may be performed on Dreamcatcher’s mainstage in the future.

On August 15, Dreamcatcher will present David Lee White’s play Fixed, which was originally commissioned by the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center – John Schreiber, President & CEO. It was presented at Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ, and has been revised for this reading. The play asks the question, what would you sacrifice for the people you love? Ronnie doesn’t want help. Valerie and Daryl don’t want to reunite. But high school vows bind pretty tightly. Broken promises and dark humor fill David Lee White’s new play about friendship, mental illness, and facing the truth. The reading, directed by Laura Ekstrand, will feature Gary-Kayi Fletcher, Maria Konstantinidis, Jessica O’Hara-Baker, Amanda Salazar and Harriett Trangucci.

David Lee White is a New Jersey-based playwright and educator that has worked with Passage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Dreamcatcher Rep, PlayPenn, Rider University and Drexel University as well as many other theatres and theatre programs in the NJ/NY/PA area. His work runs the gamut from crowd-pleasing comedy, political satire, oral history-based docudrama, musical theatre, and educational theatre to mental health advocacy. He has also worked to promote NJ area playwrights by organizing developmental opportunities through The Passage Play Lab and The Witherspoon Circle.

The reading is at the Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.  Admission is $10, and tickets can be purchased at the door. The parking lot is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theatre. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at the Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654, www.DreamcatcherRep.org.

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