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Full Length Play, Drama
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Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The time is the present. The stage is divided by lighting and platforms into six playing areas, some of which may overlap: the Ross bedroom, the Ross kitchen, the bar scene, the office scene, an empty area used for the pure “nightmare” of the opening scene and for the street scene later on, and a second bedroom (Meredith's, then Anita's, then a cheap hotel room).
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes, Open Flame, Smoking
Betrayal, Current Events, Death, Friendship, Illness/Health
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
In Dreams, two very unlikely individuals become aware of each other and eventually come to fear each other by means of their very real nightmares and daydreams. A young lawyer awakens in terror and dread. He has been in an abandoned building; a sadistic policeman was beating him, demanding to know where he had hidden the stolen drugs. The woman at his side, who says she is his wife, the mother of his two children, comforts him. She says, "It was just a dream." A moment later, a young drug addict awakens in throbbing pain. His wounds from a beating are being tended to by a man who says he is his friend. The drug addict tells him about the woman and the two children. The friend says, "It is just a dream."
Which is a dream? Which is reality? What is truth? What is illusion? What is their connection? As the play unfolds, their lives become more and more entwined, leading to a final gripping encounter.
"Suspenseful fantasy of psychic communication, comparable to the television scripts..." - The World
"When intermission time came, no one in the audience wanted to leave their seat." - Star Sentinel
"Mystery duel...with a touch of chill." - Chicago Sun Times
"...extremely clever melodrama...ingenious...a cracking good puzzle..." - Chicago Daily News
"...unusual, imaginative and potent." - WFMT, Chicago
Flexible casting, Minority casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors
Since there are two dreams - or two realities - the lead character, David, is played by two actors. The other ten characters appear in only one "dream" or the other and are played by five actors, the pairings indicating the double roles.
Since there are two dreams - or two realities? - the lead character, DAVID, is played by two actors.
DAVID TAGGART -, an ex-drug user, a dreamer DAVID ROSS - an attorney, a dreamer
The other ten characters appear in only one “dream” or the other and are played by five actors, doubled as follows.
MEREDITH - Taggart’s sister / FRAN - Ross’s wifePEPITO - Taggart’s best friend, also an ex-drug user / JACK - Ross’s best friend, an attorneyANITA - Taggart’s mistress / BECKY - Ross’s secretarySLIGO - a rogue policeman / PEMBERTON - a psychiatristBLACKMAN - a drug pusher / CHARLIE BISHOP - an attorney
N/A (Not a musical)
Tom Sharkey (1934-2008), author-composer-lyricist-producer, began his career at the age of 19 as a writer-editor for the Chicago Magazine and published two books before graduating from Chicago State University. He was Playwright-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a winner of Golden Camera and Silver Screen awards for his industrial movies; and a special material writer for ... view full profile
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