DREAMHOUSE

Genre: Musical, Other
Words by Barbara DeCesare, Music by David Wolfson, conceived by David Wolfson and Ari Laura Kreith

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.

Open:   07/21/05
Close:   08/05/05

Schedule:
Thursday July 21 at 7:30 pm
Saturday July 23 at 11:00 am
Thursday July 28 at 5:00 pm
Sunday July 31 at 1:00 pm
Monday August 1 at 7:00 pm
Friday August 5 at 5:00 pm
Theater:   Workshop Theater
Address:   312 West 36th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$15.00
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Company: Dreamhouse         Official Web Site: www.dreamhousemusical.com
NYC Credits: The Tempest (Pearl Theatre Company); The Uses of Enchantment, Danton's Death, House of Bernarda Alba (Prospect Theater Company); and Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot). Recent regional credits: Imogen in Cymbeline, Desdemona in Othello, Grace Harkaway in London Assurance. (American Players Theatre); Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost and Luciana in Comedy of Errors (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Portia in Merchant of Venice, Valerie in The Weir (Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival); Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Contemporary American Theatre Company); and Rosina in El Barbero de Sevilla (National Theatre of the Performing Arts). Thanks to Michael, Mary-Mitchell and family for your support.
Jennie made her Off-Broadway debut in "Suburb" at the York Theatre.

She returns to New York after a critically acclaimed turn as Joan D'Arc in "Saint Joan" at the Olney Theatre.

This fall she won her second Barrymore Award - Best Supporting Actress - for her work as Kate in "The Wild Party" at the Media Theatre. She was honored with a Barrymore in 2002 as well for her work in the Ensemble of "Baby Case" at The Arden Theatre.

Other regional credits include work at The Wilma Theatre, The Helen Hayes Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Weathervane Repertory Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, Act 2 Playhouse and Bristol Riverside Theatre. She has played a number of wonderful leading ladies including Louise in "Gypsy," Catherine in "Proof," Julie Jordan in "Carousel," and Lizzie in "The Rainmaker."

She made her screen debut with a small principal role in "Mona Lisa Smile."

Jennie's cabaret "The Irony of Love" was the opener for Judy Kaye at the Media Theatre. She has also opened for Betty Buckley. She and John Moletress performed a cabaret entitled "Duets" at Danny's Skylight Room.

She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Most recently Maree Johnson appeared in a concert tribute to Charles Strouse at Merkin Hall. Musical Theater roles include The Widow in Zorba for The Berkshire Theatre Festival; Fosca in the Wilma Theater's production of Passion; Emily in Myths & Hymns for the Prince Music Theater and Mrs. Johnston in Blood Brothers.

Born in Sydney and now living in New York, Maree has starred in many Australian musicals: roles include Christine Daae in Phantom Of The Opera; Grizabella in Cats; Maria in Westside Story; Eliza in My Fair Lady; Isabel/Helen in Scrooge; Young Heidi and Young Sally in two separate concert performances of Stephen Sondheim's Follies and the lead role in Sondheim's You're Gonna Love Tomorrow.

Suzan has appeared on Broadway in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Rosa Bud U/S) and THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Queen Anne U/S). National tours include WEST SIDE STORY (Maria), EVITA (Mistress), and THE KING AND I (Tuptim, opposite Rudolf Nureyev). Suzan has performed off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Delacorte Theatre, Union Square Theatre, Circle-in-the-Square, and La Mama.

Other roles have included Nellie in FLOYD COLLINS, Christine in PHANTOM, Margery in HOUDINI, Louise in GYPSY, Philia in FORUM, Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and Sophie in MASTER CLASS. Suzan has recorded a solo CD, and can be heard on numerous other CDs and film scores.

Past roles include the Fiddler/Singer in Grapes of Wrath, Peg in The Taffetas, and the Widow Quinn in Playboy of the Western World. Cabaret appearances include Justine's Red (music of Tac Tavo) at Danny's Skylight Room, and The Way to Your Heart (music of Lawrence Rush) at Don't Tell Mama!. Gayla is a composer/lyricist in BMI's Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop and is working on a one-act musical, Barry Gets It, with Chris Widney, librettist.

As a solo soprano, she has appeared in concert with Peter Schickele ("P.D.Q. Bach"), on Merkin Concert Stage with The Western Wind and NY Virtuoso Singers, and on several NYC recital series; in Denver, she has soloed with The Mercury Ensemble and the Denver Chamber Orchestra; and she recently returned from Perm, Russia, where she sang as part of the Diaghilev Dance Festival. She is mama to the most adorable Maltese ever, Aria, who may be seen on Gayla's website at www.gaylasong.com.