DREAM LOVE ESCAPE
WE HAD THE BEST TIME WITH YOU IN SALEM, MA! Thanks to all of our audience members, to the Salem Public Art Commission and to our IndieGoGo donors! Please learn more about our cast below, and more about The Ridiculous Project on this site.
A Note from our AdaptEr/ Dramaturg
The impetus for Dream Love Escape arose from a desire to explore what it means to come back together in public, in art making, in person, after this long period of isolation. What might it be like to gather in public spaces? How can we reemerge, recognizing that we are essentially and irrevocably changed by the pandemics of the last year? What happens next?
Derby Square and Shakespeare’s words offer us an opportunity to dream together. The text is familiar but transformed as a vehicle for actors to journey through the forest of the verse in order to find their lover, their part in the play, and their fairy self. In turn the performers welcome the audience into a regular public space made festive by the experience of gathering there in celebration. Celebration as an act of defiance.
We invite you to consider the square a point of entry into a moment transformed, to dream, to love, to escape. Use civic space as a force of connection and Shakespeare as a point of access. We look to rave traditions as a model of inclusive, celebratory, and irreverent community with a pulsating bass. We invite you to join in the rhythm and the dance as the Fae occupy the public square.
This performance is an event that we create together - the rave, the flash mob, the celebration, the re-mix of a play we thought we knew.
WHAT: DREAM LOVE ESCAPE
A Remix of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
and Kate Kohler Amory
WHERE: Derby Square- Salem, MA
WHEN: September 3, 4, 5 & September 11, 12 @ 7:00pm EST
WHO: Presented by The Ridiculous Project in partnership with Salem Public Art Commission/ City of Salem
60 mins. - some seating available in Derby Square - audiences encouraged to dress comfortably - Rain or Shine (with the exception of extreme weather)
KATE KOHLER AMORY Co-Director, Puck
“Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to drive poor mortels mad!”
JORDAN PALMER Titania
“I mean, that my heart unto yours is knit
So that but one heart we can make of it”
MIKHAIL YAROVOY Bottom
"I am that merry wanderer of the night"
RULAS ÁVILA MUNOZ Lysander, Snug (Lion)
“The course of true love never did run smooth”
SCHANAYA BARROWS Hermia, Quince
“I am that merry wanderer of the night”
MARGARET SWEENEY Hippolyta, Flute (Thisbe)
"I see a voice; now will I to the chink,
To spy an I can hear my Thisby's face"
GRACE GRAHAM Demetrius, ‘Lost’ Mechanical
“Hand in hand with fairy Grace, we shall dance and bless this place”
OLIVIA RASO Helena, Starveling (Moonshine)
“I’d like to thank my parents for being unconditional supporters and my biggest fans”
MADDIE ROTH Mustardseed
“I do wander everywhere”
REBECCA HOLDERNESS Director
“Give me your hands if we be friends
And Robin shall restore amends”
THERESA LANG Adapter/Dramaturg
“I am amazed, and know not what to say”
ABBY RAY Stage Manager, light board and Fairy wrangler
“And though she be but little, she is fierce”
KATI NALBANDIAN Managing Producer, Peaseblossom/ D.J. Fairy
“...’tis almost fairy time”
LOREN BEVANS Costume Designer
"A very good piece of work, I assure you, and a merry"
LILY CHRONES Assistant costume and makeup, Theseus, Snout (Wall)
"Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind; And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind"
MATTHEW ADLESON Lighting Design
NATHAN DYKES Sound Design
“I'm Dancing/ I’m Dancing/ Let’s keep on dancing/ Let’s keep on dancing”
THANK YOU CITY OF SALEM - Public Art Commission “Salem Summer Performance Series” Grant
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS
John Andrews, Holly Harrington-Stern, Jeannine M Selig, Jeremy Williams, Virginia Bradley, Stephen Wangh, Liz Stanton, Tamara Hickey, David Oppenheimer, Stephanie Rosseel, Rebecca Schlessinger, Rebecca Kohler, Barry R Shapiro, Jeremy Sarna, Patricia Collins Bandes, Barry R Shapiro, Beverly Hyman, David Neikrug, Greg Lipper, Eric Laxer, Ralph Nalbandian, Michael A Miller, Kenneth Werner, Austen Bell, Stephen and Irene Lipper
Special THANK YOU to:
CHIP SCHWARTZ AND NOEL LYONS, GREG LIPPER, THE WANDERING STAGE (loaning sound equipment) NATHAN BOUDO (Composing 3 original dance tracks), DAVID OPPENHEIMER (Donation to purchase sound equipment)