The DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, the excellent professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, will present the hilarious and irreverent BLOOD: A COMEDY by New Jersey playwright David Lee White from March 9 through March 25. This “raucously philosophical farce,” (Curtain Up), was produced only once before, in 2009 at the Passage Theatre in Trenton.
Jacqueline Stanzi is an eccentric life-long atheist and college professor who has just lost her tenure for trying to teach intelligent design in a science class. Struggling with confusion and memory loss, Jacqueline decides that the only way to save her mind – and her highly dysfunctional family – from destroying itself is for them all to get religion. What better time for a family confessional than the eve of her daughter’s wedding and the joining of two bloodlines? When the play ran at Passage, Anita Gates of The New York Times wrote, “David Lee White’s BLOOD: A COMEDY couldn’t be cleverer as it deals with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a soap-opera-style family shocker and reflections on the existence of God.” Bob Brown of The Princeton Packet added, “Reasonably mature, liberal-minded adults will have a ball. You may even be prompted to think about things like the capacity for love, the nature of spirituality, or what constitutes a family.”
Dreamcatcher’s production of BLOOD: A COMEDY features Resident Acting Company members Clark Carmichael (Montclair), Noreen Farley (Clinton), David Miceli (Little Falls), and Jessica O’Hara-Baker (New York). Completing the cast is guest F. David Halpert (South Orange). The Stage Manager is Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair) and the Assistant Stage Manager is Melissa Cox (Madison). The show is directed by Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), Dreamcatcher’s Artistic Director.
BLOOD: A COMEDY will run at The Baird from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 25. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
There will be talkbacks with the artists after the March 11 and March 18 matinee performances. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students, with special rates for subscribers and groups. Purchase tickets online at www.dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Seniors pay only $15 on advance purchases only on Senior Sunday, the March 11 matinee.
Performances are at The Baird, located at 5 Mead Street in Meadowland Park, a few blocks from the center of downtown South Orange. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement.
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is at The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079, Telephone 973-378-7754, ext. 2228.