| Open: 07/21/05 Close: 08/05/05
Dreamhouse is a pop-tinged music-theatre exploration of sex, daughterhood/motherhood, heartbreak and longing. It features songs and spoken word inspired by the poetry of Philadelphia hipster-feminist Barbara DeCesare. In locales ranging from bedrooms to hospital rooms, from truckstops to country kitchens to country western bars, DeCesare explores the often murky terrain of love. Dreamhouse features five singers, each of whom play different aspects and ages of the same character. Using simple props and set pieces the actresses transform the stage, transporting the audience to a new world for each song.
The Virgin Mary (or is she?) appears at a Dunkin' Donuts. An unhappy bride on her honeymoon notes that "the Jacuzzi in the corner could kill a man." The Galatea of myth, carved from stone and brought to life by Pygmalion, now struggles in their cold and unsatisfying relationship. A mother yearns to love her sons, knowing that they may grow up to become like the men she has always feared. Another mother grieves because her young child already knows too much of the brutality of the world. A growing daughter helps her mother learn to let go. One woman bemoans (or enjoys?) the fact that her "new neighbors fuck constantly" and loudly, while another delights in the fact that her string of troubles has become so numerous that she could be the "Queen of Country" music. A woman who has recently attempted suicide regrets that she is now on restriction, and longs for bowling and pizza. Unexpected tragedy leaves death, and healing, in its wake.
Like Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World and Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns, Dreamhouse is a theatrical song cycle, an exciting, and very modern, fusion of music and theater, taking audiences on a multi-faceted music-theatre adventure.