Author: Dreamwell Theatre

Writer’s Joust Winner, Innocence by Tom Deiker

Innocence by Tom Deiker Wins Dreamwell’s First-Ever “Writer’s Joust” Update: The review is in! Iowa Theatre Blog says Innocence is “…honest…unsettling…the cast is strong…Van Egdon is simply chilling.” Read the “Backstage with Innocence” interview with the cast and team. Dreamwell Theatre has selected the winners of its first ever Writers Joust: A Fear Festival. Innocence by Tom Deiker of Clive, Iowa was  chosen as the winner. The two runners up are The Night I Kissed Osama Bin Laden: A 9/11 Comedy by Joe Jennison of Mount Vernon, Iowa and Divergence by Janet Schlapkohl of Iowa City, Iowa. Innocence will open November 19th. The runners up will receive staged readings the weekend of November 12th. In order to fit in with the theme of the 2010 season, “Taboo Bijou,” the submitted plays had to reflect the following theme: subjects we fear to talk about. Jennison’s play addresses our national tragedy with humor while Schlapkohl’s tackles the subject of family secrets. Jennison is a nine-time produced playwright whose plays have been staged at theaters in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. His play A Beautiful Man won “Best of Fringe” and “Best Comedy” at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2003. Janet Schlapkohl founded the “Combined Efforts Community Drama,” a group that offers opportunities for actors with and without special needs. Her monologues have been included in Riverside Theatre’s Walking the...

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Cyber Cipher Answers and Winner!

Cyber Cipher Answers Revealed! Thanks for Your Participation and Support! It’s all over. And we can now reveal the answers. 1. Dreamwell’s motto is “A Theatre of Exploration.” 2. Two masks are commonly used as as symbol of theater and drama. 3. According to Wikipedia, the oldest extant community theater group in the US is named The Footlight Club. 4. What is the name of Dreamwell’s current president? Chuck Dufano 5. It is considered back luck for actors to say the name of what Shakespearean character while in a theater? Macbeth 6. What show did Dreamwell produce in May of 2000? Death and the Maiden 7. What is the title of the play that won Dreamwell’s Writers Joust contest and will have it’s premier this November? Innocence 8. What is the name of the longest running show on Broadway? The Phantom of the Opera 9. Dreamwell was recently voted one of the top five area theater groups by what news station? KCRG 10. Take the first and last letters of each clue. Use these letters to spell the title of a past Dreamwell show. You will not use all of the letters and the title is more then one word long. And the final answer is…. OF MICE AND MEN Congratulations to our winner…. MARY DREXLER! We’ve had a lot of fun this weekend and we hope you have,...

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9 Parts of Desire

9 Parts of Desire—A Portrait of Iraqi Women in the Shadow of War—Opens at the Riverside Festival Stage, August 19th. Iowa Theatre Blog says “9 Parts is Powerful.” Read the blog’s great interview with the cast of 9 Parts of Desire. Dreamwell Theatre and Iowa City Community Theatre have joined forces to produce 9 Parts of Desire, a portrait of the besieged, broken, uplifting and extraordinary experiences of nine Iraqi women living in a country overshadowed by war. Rachel Howell directs the critically-acclaimed work. Playwright Heather Raffo, an Iraqi-American, gathered material from hours of interviews with Iraqi women. The resulting work deftly and poetically weaves the stories of a sensual and complicated artist, a radical communist, a doctor embittered by unimaginable horrors, a woman who sells scavenged items to survive, a ceremonial leader of mourning, an elderly exile, a questioning young girl, a mother longing for lasting affection from a man, a caretaker of a memorial, and an Iraqi-American living in New York during 9-11. Originally produced as a one-woman show, Howell cast nine area actresses in the show. “I saw this as an opportunity to lend distinct voices to these beautiful, heartrending characters,” says Howell. “The roles absolutely demand compassion, vulnerability and humor, making this a unique showcase for the diverse female talent in our community.” 9 Parts of Desire will be performed August 19, 20, 21, 26,...

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DreamHome: Benefit for a New Space

DreamHome: A Benefit for Dreamwell Theatre’s Permanent Space June 3rd For 13 years, we have produced many, many great productions without a “store front.” Our vision (and our audiences) have continued to grow. It’s time for us to expand our programming in a way that only a dedicated space can facilitate! On Thursday, June 3rd, please join us at the delightful North Ridge Pavilion to help kick off “DreamHome,” a campaign to fund our move to a dedicated space. This event is an evening of music, food, drinks and monologues written and performed by local artists. Performers will include: Janet Schlapkohl, Rachael Lindhart, Jason Grubbe, Matt Falduto, Brian Tanner, Maggie Conroy, Becca Robinson, Cheryl Walsh and Kate Thompson. …and featuring the open mic piano stylings of Josh Sazon! Tickets are $20, available at White Rabbit in Downtown Iowa City or contact a Dreamwell board member through our Facebook account, website or Tweet us at @dreamwell. Get your tickets...

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