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Dreams (Sharkey)

Tom Sharkey

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700101

"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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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - 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).

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Stage Combat

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes, Open Flame, Smoking

Winner! 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award, Best New Work

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.

"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

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CASTING

5m, 2f

CASTING 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.

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

Author
Tom Sharkey

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 Silver Screen awards for his industrial movies; and a special material writer for ... view full profile

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