Dreamcatcher's 2010-2011 Season includes two New Jersey premieres fresh from Off-Broadway, plus 2 improv nights, holiday special, readings and kids show

What’s New

Thanks to the continued loyalty of our amazing fans and supporters, this season—our seventeenth!—we are excited to announce three exciting plays on our mainstage. Historically we could only afford to produce two mainstage plays. But due to a banner award-winning and critically acclaimed season last year we can now present a third play.

— 2011 —
Multiple Personality Disorder
Improv comedy
Sept. 17
Mainstage production
Oct. 28 – Nov. 13
A Very Special (Holiday) Special
Cabaret & comedy show
2 – 3
— 2012 —
Mainstage production
13 – 29
Mainstage production
9 – 25
Multiple Personality Disorder
Improv comedy
April 14
“Meet the Artist” Series
New play readings
May 9
May 23
Summer Theatre Conservatory
Theatre camp for kids
June 29 – July 27
Dreamcatcher Junior
Show for families
July 27

On The Main Stage

Next Fall
by Geoffrey Nauffts
October 28 – November 13 — Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2010, NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story, forcing us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what that belief, or the lack of it, might cost us. NY Times: “The funniest heartbreaker in town!” (By Geoffrey Nauffts. New Jersey premiere.)

Shooting Star
by Steven Dietz
January 13 – 29 — Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. As the night gives way to laughter, banter, remembrance and alcohol, Elena and Reed revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined—and a present that neither of them could have predicted. Filled with laughter and ache, SHOOTING STAR takes a funny, candid look at the middle days of our lives, and how we got there. NPR: “a quick and sharp play about our lives, one that gives us all the fun and all the tears of our times.” (By Steven Dietz. New Jersey premiere.)

Blood: A Comedy
by David Lee White
March 9 – 25 — In this whip-smart comedy, Jacqueline Stanzi is an eccentric life-long atheist and college professor who has just lost her tenure for trying to teach intelligent design in a science class. Struggling with confusion and memory loss, Jacqueline decides that the only way to save her mind—and her highly dysfunctional family—from destroying itself is for them all to get religion. What better time for a family confessional than the eve of her daughter’s wedding and the joining of two bloodlines? NY Times: “BLOOD couldn’t be cleverer as it deals with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a soap-opera-style family shocker and reflections on the existence of God.” (By David Lee White)

Comedy, Cabaret & Readings

Multiple Personality DisorderSeptember 17 & April 14MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER is Dreamcatcher’s improv comedy troupe that acts out comedy sketches like those seen on the popular television show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Throughout the evening they use audience suggestions to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage. The show is mostly family-friendly and makes for a fun an affordable night out.

A Very Special Holiday SpecialDecember 2–3 A VERY SPECIAL (HOLIDAY) SPECIAL is an all-original good old-fashioned holiday variety show in the style of traditional television holiday specials. While every year’s show is unique, the Very Special Special will typically include spoofs of holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, a reading or two, and lots of fun. It’s a Dreamcatcher annual tradition that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Meet the Artist iconMay 9 & 23“MEET THE ARTIST” Series presents two new play readings each spring. The readings provide thought-provoking experiences that include the opportunity for audience discussion with the playwright, director and actors after the performance. It’s an entertaining evening that gives audiences a glimpse of the play development process as they provide valuable feedback to the creative teams.

Summer 2012

July 27DREAMCATCHER JUNIOR is the kid-friendly final performance of our month-long Summer Theatre Conservatory, a theatre camp for students aged 10-17. This all-original family show always draws on the creativity of its young actors to shape the piece. Each year the youth company creates a one-of-a-kind show that ranges from fairy tale quest to Shakespeare adaptation to musical revue.


AstonishmentDreamcatcher’s community outreach program, Open Theatre, takes live theatre off the Dreamcatcher stage and into venues across the state. Open Theatre brings cabaret shows to seniors in residential facilities, improv comedy classes to students at their schools, and staged readings to corporate retreats and private parties. Contact us to bring an Open Theatre performance to your event!

The most popular Open Theatre program is ASTONISHMENT, a scripted staged reading adapted from the writings of 90-year old author Jan Slepian’s musings about aging with humor and grace. Join our e-mail list (at right) to learn about upcoming public performances of Astonishment, or contact us about bringing Astonishment to your own venue.

Throughout the year Dreamcatcher offers internships for high school and college students, classes for teens and adults, and many volunteer opportunities. All of Dreamcatcher’s activities center on the collaborative nature of theatre and creating a comfortable environment for artists and audiences of all ages to explore and grow together. The company’s work is supported by grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and several other corporate and individual donors that believe in the power of the arts to bring people together and promote understanding between them.

Season TicketsDISCOUNTS: Season passes provide a substantial discount off our six individually ticketed performances. Groups of 10 or more recieve discounts scaled to the size of your group. Join our e-mail list to receive periodic discount codes good for advance sales. Plus, we charge no fees! The advertised price is the price you pay. And for our higher-priced mainstage plays we offer additional discounts for seniors & students.

FACILITY: Our theatre at The Baird is wheelchair accessible, and such access services as large print scripts, assistive listening devices, audio description and open captioning will be available by prior arrangement throughout the season. Performances are in the third-floor theatre at the Baird Center, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.

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A Vaudeville Calamity

For kids & their grown-ups
Date: July 27, 2012
Time: Friday at 7:30pm
Place: The Baird Center • 5 Mead Street
South Orange   Directions


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