Welcome to the home of Dreams Abridged, WPI's entry into the XXIX Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival.
The festival is an invitation-only event featuring some of the best theatre companies, professional schools and universities that foster playwriting. Over 300 nominations were received by the festival organizers and 112 were selected to perform over the festival's 12 nights. Approximately 6 finalists will then be selected to perform on the last day of the festival.
Dreams Abridged by Cat Darensbourg was originally created in the early 1990s in a creative writing class at WPI. It was originally callled The Dreamery and debuted in New Voices X in 1992. Now after having 13 plays produced in the New Voices festival, most recently "Its Not Identity Theft If You Pay The Bills On Time", Cat helps bring dramatic attention to WPI's theatrical activities.
The WPI New Voices in New York Company, NVNYC, will be performing Dreams Abridged on Friday, June 18th at 7pm at the Chernuchin, The American Theatre of Actors. Tickets are $15 and available only at the ATA box office. Reservations can be made via phone at 212-769-7973. Please leave your name, number of tickets, indicate that you'd like to see Dreams Abridged on June 18th and finally, leave a phone number where you can be reached in case of a problem with your reservation. There are only 99 seats available to the public and they will go fast.
NVNYC is holding a Benefit Performance and Reception on Tuesday, June 15th to help finance the trip. The show will start at 8pm in Alden Memorial Hall with a reception following to meet the playwright, cast, and crew. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved through the Department of Humanities and Arts via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 508-831-5246. Please include your name, number of tickets and a contact number in your email. Payments will be handled at the Alden Box Office on the day of the show.
Veni, Vidi, Vici
We came, We saw, We conquered.
We poured out our hearts and delivered our best performance ever at The Chernuchin Friday night but alas, we were not selected to perform again on Sunday for the finals.
I would like to thank the judges who first selected us on our first submission to the festival and hope that they will remember in the years to come that we have some skill at this theatrical business. We will return as I promise that this is merely the first step of many as WPI's theatrical activities begin to gain critical attention.
I would also like to thank our sponsors for helping for finance this experience. Thank you for believing in us and helping pay the bills. Finally, I would like to recognize the cast and crew of this company as being the most talented collection of people that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. It was a joy and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Jonathan Abad - Executive Producer, Dreams Abridged
Thank you very much for your support of Dreams Abridged. We'd like to thank everyone who came to our open rehearsal and benefit performances.
On to off-off-the great white way!
Rehearsals have progressed at a breakneck speed while the company attempts to recreate the performance conditions of the Chernuchin theatre. We have changed rehearsal locations, added fans and background noise, and taken away set pieces that we expect to receive from the Chernuchin so that we don't get settled into a space and can be prepared to deal with any circumstances that may be thrown at us.
We are excited to have our friends and benefactors join us for the invitation-only rehearsal and Benefit Performance next week as we demonstrate how WPI Theatre got where it is today.
Rehearsals in Progress
Monday the 24th marked a historic occasion as the cast and crew of Dreams Abridged came together for the first time. Tentatively flying under the banner "WPI New Voices in New York Company", aka NVNYC, this all-volunteer group is a collection of the "crème de la crème" of WPI's theatre community.
Keep an eye on our site for biographical information about the cast, crew and the journey that we're taking as we leave The Hill and take on the town so nice, they named it twice.