Anne Kathryn Parma directs The Dreamer Examines His Pillow by John Patrick Shanley. In a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, presented by PLP Productions.
The play that explores the intricate dance between love and lies, the roles of choice, fate and destiny in romance, and the effects of age on passion. In this dream-comedy, we see possibilities are endless for two people in an ever changing world, if they are open to them.
A small cast and a simple set provide the necessary canvas to get lost in Shanleys' evocative and immersive dialogue. In the first scene, Donna's (Pamela Portnoy) rage and Tommy's (James Liddell) cool detachment are counterposed with Dad’s (Eric Larsen) drunken belligerence, while the final scene brings these individuals together in an enlivened discussion of life, responsibility and love.
Pungent, thought-provoking, original, poetic… and leading by stylised, fantasticated ways to genuinely startling illuminations - NY Magazine
Anne Kathryn Parma recent credits include (The Diary of Anne Frank, On an Average Day, and Synthesis).
Her ensemble cast includes Pamela Portnoy (Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Rum and Cookies, and for television, Married with Secrets and Nova Vita) in the leading role of Donna.
James Liddell (Two Ways to Go West, The Tomorrow Job, and Liza Liza: Skies Are Grey, On an Average Day) in the leading role of Tommy.
Eric Larson (Time Stands Still, Fifty Words, Blackbird and Toe to Toe) supports in the role of Dad.
John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film Moonstruck. His play, Doubt: A Parable, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play; he wrote and directed the film adaptation and earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Running February 17 - February 26
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