Shipwrecked! An Entertainment
The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont
(as Told by Himself)
The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. SHIPWRECKED examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.
"Recreating the pleasures of nineteenth-century platform entertainment with a tart contemporary twist, Donald Margulies' SHIPWRECKED offers a self-promoting fabulist a forum to inform and persuade, and it delights in both respects."
"The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Donald Margulies scampers to the defense of good old-fashioned yarn spinning with SHIPWRECKED. The breathless story of a Victorian gentleman [and] seafaring wanderer springs to life like a theatrical pop-up book. The audience is left to judge whether he is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man. We can also consider the possibility that the hero of this true story based on an untrue story is a little of each." —NY Times
"Margulies gives a sympathetic nod to the audacious autobiographer's creative overreach in SHIPWRECKED, a deft literate narrative folded into a vaudevillian romp with radio theater overtones. Colorful [and] compassionate speculations on the real-life deficiencies and pain that may have been at the root of Louis' need for self-aggrandizement."
February 16 - March 5, 2017
By Donald Margulies
Thursday, February 16: 8pm
Friday, February 17: 8pm
Saturday, February 18: 8pm
Sunday, February 19: 2pm
Friday, February 24: 8pm
Saturday, February 25: 8pm
Sunday, February 26: 2pm
Friday, March 3: 8pm
Saturday, March 4: 8pm
Sunday, March 5: 2pm
Preview performance, all seats $20
Opening night, post-show reception
free post-show talkback
Dreamcatcher Book Club gathering and talkback - open to all!
If you're participating in the Book Club discussion, the script can be purchased at:
426 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
DRT patrons can show a receipt from Shipwrecked to receive 10% on a meal. Receipt must be presented at beginning of meal. 10% off the bearer's food and beverage check, one 10% off coupon per table.
Hat Tavern is located at 570 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 908.273.7656
Cast & Creative Team
Harry Patrick Christian*†
Director: Jack Tamburri
Stage manager: Amy Hadam†
Assistant Stage Manager: TBA
Scenic designer: Lily Guerin
Lighting designer: Nathan Avakian
Sound designer: Jeff Knapp
Costume designer: Laura Ekstrand
Playwright: Donald Margulies
* member of the Dreamcatcher ensemble
† member of the Actors' Equity