The Dream Engine & Indefinite Theatre present a series of four shorts written by one of America’s favorite playwrights in the 30’s and 40’s, and left unpublished until 2005: “Summer at the Lake” (Chicago premiere), “The Pink Bedroom” (World Premiere), “Why do you smoke so much, Lily?” (Chicago Premiere) and “Mr. Paradise” (Chicago Premiere). Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Fridays and Saturdays 19 January - 10 February at 8 p.m., with a special matinee performance Sunday 21 January at 2 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale at just $12 for all four plays. Tickets are available through the venue, Gorilla Tango Theatre.1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Each play traces the consequences of the loss of faith in dreams, and different ways of reacting to and coping with that loss. A young man struggles to break free of his needy mother and her overwhelming expectations; a man and his mistress bicker over who said what and who needs whom; a New Woman finds her only escape from a world of rigid vanity is to drown herself in cigarettes; an unacclaimed poet, awaiting death, is interrupted by the obsession of a young woman. These are classic Williams characters in situations which archetypically inform his later work.
Nazan Kayalı (stage manager) is excited to be working on her first show with the Dream Engine. Her involvement in the performing arts began in her hometown of Istanbul, Turkey, and continued at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film. Nazan is also currently producing videos for academic institutions in Chicago.
Doug Valenta (production manager, designer) has been a production designer and first assistant director on short films. He studied media production and writing at Northwestern University, and is currently writing an opera with John Zajac and an adaptation of The Satyricon. Doug is the resident production manager for the Dream Engine.
John Zajac (director) has directed and performed with many companies in the Chicago area, including American Opera Group, Chamber Opera Chicago, Light Opera Works, and the Dream Engine. Most recently, he performed the role of Ronald Wilson Reagan in the world premiere of the oratorio Reagan’s Children by Eric Reda. John is a graduate of Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. This is the second show he has directed with the Dream Engine.
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