(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, presents two free readings of new plays as part of its "Meet the Artist" series in May. The readings will be presented at a special location, at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. Visitors can enjoy the spring blooms on the beautifully cultivated grounds of the Arboretum before repairing to the Wisner House for the evening play readings.
"Meet the Artist" has been a favorite feature in the Dreamcatcher season since the company's inception sixteen years ago; this series allows playwrights to hear their work performed by professional actors, and then provides them the opportunity to receive feedback from the audience. After each new play reading, the floor is opened to discussion between the playwright, director, actors and audience to allow the writer to instantly discover which aspects of the play are effective, and which need more attention to be fully realized. It is also an opportunity for Dreamcatcher to hear works under consideration for future production in the coming season.
On Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m., the company will read RANDOM HORRIBLE THOUGHTS ABOUT LOVE by David Lee White, the Associate Artistic Director of Passage Theatre Company in Trenton. This is a collection of five short comedies that were developed independently and performed for the first time together here. This script will be directed by Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand, and will feature DRT company members Clark Carmichael, Harry Patrick Christian, David Miceli, Jessica O'Hara-Baker and Harriett Trangucci, with special guest Angela Della Ventura.
On Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m., Dreamcatcher will read a new play by Suzanne Bradbeer, SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS, a comedy about a frustrated New York actress who decides to take an offer to perform with a new classical company in Las Vegas, with hilarious results. Dreamcatcher has previously produced two of Bradbeer's plays, FULL BLOOM and YOU MISS THEM WHEN THEY'RE NOT AROUND. Directed by John Pietrowski, Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the reading will feature Dreamcatcher company members Laura Ekstrand, Scott McGowan, and Jessica O'Hara-Baker, joined by guests Jaclyn Ingoglia and Matt McCarthy.
RANDOM HORRIBLE THOUGHTS ABOUT LOVE will be read on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m., and SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS will be read on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The performances are at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. For information on this or any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at the Baird Center, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079, 973-378-7754, ext. 2228, www.DreamcatcherRep.org.