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Copenhagen May 12-20

To round out our current season, we will be producing Michael Frayn’s Tony-winning play, Copenhagen, which is a compelling examination of both the relationship between science and politics and the very nature of truth itself. The play will be directed by Madonna Smith. Performances will be May 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30pm, and will be held at Public Space One (120 North Dubuque St., In the basement of the Wesley Center). Purchase your tickets for Copenhagen here. In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg went to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they were on opposite sides of a world war. In this incisive drama by the prominent British playwright which premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London and opened to rave reviews on Broadway (ultimately winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play), the two men meet in a situation fraught with danger in hopes of discovering why we do what we do. Cast: WERNER HEISENBERG: Gavin Conkling NIELS BOHR: Matthew Brewbaker MARGRETHE NORLUND BOHR: Jessica...

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2017-18 Season Announced

Dreamwell Theatre is pleased to announce its 2017-18 season (see below). At this time we are seeking directors for all plays. Play scripts for “On the Verge” and “Poona the Fuckdog: And Other Plays for Children” will be available for review at the second floor reference desk at the Iowa City Public Library starting on April 1st. Scripts for the four original plays may be requested by e-mail to Chuck Dufano, Artistic Chair at chuck@dreamwell.com (specify title(s)). Dreamwell Theatre is an all-volunteer theatre. Previous experience with Dreamwell Theatre is not a requirement for directing. Please send an e-mail to chuck@dreamwell.com indicating the play(s) you are interested in directing and briefly describe your interest in directing by April 30, 2017. Director interviews will be scheduled in May. Please note that a request to direct does not guarantee an interview, but all requests will receive a response. On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) – September 22, 23, 29, 30 By Eric Overmyer 1M; 3F The year is 1888 when Mary, Fanny, and Alex, three women who are each intrepid world explorers in their own right, band together to conquer Terra Incognita, the last and most mysterious of unexplored territories. As they bushwhack their way through jungles, brave treacherous ice sheets, and negotiate passage across a bottomless Gorge, the ladies reminisce about their past adventures and sort out their personality...

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Cast of Copenhagen

Announcing the cast of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn, directed by Madonna Smith: Niels Bohr: Matthew Brewbaker Magrethe Bohr: Jessica Wilson Werner Heisenberg: Gavin Conkling Performances run May 12, 13, 19, 20 at Public Space 1. Recently, we made the decision to remove Consider the Oyster from our current season. I’d like to take a moment to lay out our reasons for doing so. For those not familiar with the play, it centers on a man who—through a strange fluke—begins to take on some of the physical characteristics of a woman. What we thought was a comedic farce about traditional gender roles was, in fact, a play that could be damaging to people in our community who are examining and defining their gender identities. In the end, this lack of depth is why we’re choosing not to do this play. The director had been in touch with local members of the trans community because while the play doesn’t deal explicitly with a transgender character, it does touch on issues of gender identity and society. It was during this discussion that these community members indicated that the play was making a number of mistakes with the way that it discussed these ideas and that propagating them could prove harmful to the cause of transgender acceptance. After a helpful discussion with members of this community, we chose to remove the show from...

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Auditions for Copenhagen

To round out our current season, we will be producing Michael Frayn’s Tony-winning play, Copenhagen, which is a compelling examination of both the relationship between science and politics and the very nature of truth itself. The play will be directed by Madonna Smith. Auditions will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday from 7-8:30, with callbacks on Thursday night. Auditions will be in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church, (address 320 E. College St.) The entrance is located in the alley off of Gilbert St. Check our our Facebook event or email joinus@dreamwell.com for more information. Synopsis: In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg went to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they were on opposite sides of a world war. In this incisive drama by the prominent British playwright which premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London and opened to rave reviews on Broadway (ultimately winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play), the two men meet in a situation fraught with danger in hopes of discovering why we do what we do. Cast: WERNER HEISENBERG – 40s-50s, the German physicist NIELS BOHR – 40s-50s, Heisenberg’s Danish counterpart MARGRETHE NORLUND BOHR – 40s, Niels’s wife, an integral part of his life and...

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Announcement regarding Consider the Oyster

Recently, we made the decision to remove Consider the Oyster from our current season. I’d like to take a moment to lay out our reasons for doing so. For those not familiar with the play, it centers on a man who—through a strange fluke—begins to take on some of the physical characteristics of a woman. What we thought was a comedic farce about traditional gender roles was, in fact, a play that could be damaging to people in our community who are examining and defining their gender identities. In the end, this lack of depth is why we’re choosing not to do this play. The director had been in touch with local members of the trans community because while the play doesn’t deal explicitly with a transgender character, it does touch on issues of gender identity and society. It was during this discussion that these community members indicated that the play was making a number of mistakes with the way that it discussed these ideas and that propagating them could prove harmful to the cause of transgender acceptance. After a helpful discussion with members of this community, we chose to remove the show from our season. Given the challenging social and political climate for trans people at this time, we felt it would be irresponsible to go forward with the production. Instead, we will be working with the trans...

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