Dreams (Sharkey)

by  Tom Sharkey

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 2f

"Suspenseful fantasy of psychic communication, comparable to the Twilight Zone television scripts..." - The World
"Mystery duel...with a touch of chill." - Chicago Sun Times
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. 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.

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Dreams (Sharkey)

by  Tom Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Joseph Jefferson Awards-Best New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award, Best New Work

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Keywords

Betrayal, Business, Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    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).

  • Additional Features: Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 2f

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 wife
PEPITO - Taggart’s best friend, also an ex-drug user / JACK - Ross’s best friend, an attorney
ANITA - Taggart’s mistress / BECKY - Ross’s secretary
SLIGO - a rogue policeman / PEMBERTON - a psychiatrist
BLACKMAN - a drug pusher / CHARLIE BISHOP - an attorney

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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

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.

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Authors

Tom Sharkey

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 Sil ...

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Dreams was originally produced in 1974 by the Image-N-Ings Theatre Ensemble...Chicago, IL.

Dreams had its professional world premiere in 1976 by the Evanston Theatre Company...Evanston, IL.

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