WE HAD A BLAST WITH YOU IN SALEM, MA! Thanks to all of our audience members, to Salem Public Art Commission and to our IndieGoGo donors!

DREAM LOVE ESCAPE

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.


-THERESA LANG

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

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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)

FAIRY COMPANY


KATE KOHLER AMORY Co-Director, Puck

she/her

“Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to drive poor mortels mad!”

https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/directory/kate-amory


JORDAN PALMER Titania

she/they

“I mean, that my heart unto yours is knit

So that but one heart we can make of it”

@thatgonglady

http://jordanpalmer.net


MIKHAIL YAROVOY Bottom

he/his

"I am that merry wanderer of the night"

https://mishkayarovoy.com


RULAS ÁVILA MUNOZ Lysander, Snug (Lion)

they/them

“The course of true love never did run smooth”

www.instagram.com/raulavilamunoz


SCHANAYA BARROWS Hermia, Quince

she/her

“I am that merry wanderer of the night”

www.instagram.com/ms_class13


MARGARET SWEENEY Hippolyta, Flute (Thisbe)

she/they

"I see a voice; now will I to the chink,

To spy an I can hear my Thisby's face"

www.instagram.com/margaaarrr


GRACE GRAHAM Demetrius, ‘Lost’ Mechanical

he/her

“Hand in hand with fairy Grace, we shall dance and bless this place”

www.gracejgraham.com

OLIVIA RASO Helena, Starveling (Moonshine)

she/they

“I’d like to thank my parents for being unconditional supporters and my biggest fans”

www.instagram.com/olivia_raso


MADDIE ROTH Mustardseed

she/they

“I do wander everywhere”

www.maddie-roth.com

FAIRY CAPTAINS


REBECCA HOLDERNESS Director

she/ her

“Give me your hands if we be friends

And Robin shall restore amends”

https://www.rebeccaholderness.com

THERESA LANG Adapter/Dramaturg

she/her

I am amazed, and know not what to say

https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/directory/theresa-lang

ABBY RAY Stage Manager, light board and Fairy wrangler

she/they

“And though she be but little, she is fierce”

www.linkedin.com/in/abby-ray-3a17b81a0

KATI NALBANDIAN Managing Producer, Peaseblossom/ D.J. Fairy

she/her

“...’tis almost fairy time”

www.linkedin.com/in/katinalbandian

LOREN BEVANS Costume Designer

she/her

"A very good piece of work, I assure you, and a merry"

www.lorenbevans.com

LILY CHRONES Assistant costume and makeup, Theseus, Snout (Wall)

they/them

"Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind; And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind"

www.lilychrones.com


MATTHEW ADLESON Lighting Design

he/his

MatthewAdelson.com

NATHAN DYKES Sound Design

“I'm Dancing/ I’m Dancing/ Let’s keep on dancing/ Let’s keep on dancing”

https://www.imbiblia.com/recipe/matilda

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:

MICHAEL HARVEY

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)