Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dreamwell presents world premiere of Soldier's Daughter

Iowa City — Dreamwell Theatre concludes its "War and Consequences" season with a touching original tale of a soldier's connection with his daughter, written by members of the Black Doggers playwriting group and directed by Matthew Falduto, co-founder of Dreamwell Theatre and original member of the Black Doggers.

13-year old Tigerlily is waiting for her dad to return from the latest of many deployments to Afghanistan. She prays his homecoming will be for good this time. Asleep on the porch of her farmhouse, she wakes to her dream come true – her father stands before her and takes her on a "story walk" around their farm, a special tradition between the two of them. At each location on the farm, a new story unfolds. But, something is different this time and, as the walk progresses, Tigerlily realizes her future may never be the same.

Tigerlily's story is staged on a working farm, where the audience will promenade from one unique location to another, against the absorbing beauty of the Iowa landscape.

"I've loved creating this show on the farm," said Falduto. "And I was surprised at how close to Iowa City it is. It's very convenient."

During the writing process, each playwright was tasked to write a story about an aspect of humanity, such as jealousy or courage, and a location at the Country Camp farm, such as the pond or pirate ship. From these assignments came the stories Tigerlily (and the audience) hears and sees on her story walk.

"It's been really cool to see how everything connects," says writer Brian Tanner, who also plays the Soldier/Dad in the show, "and to actually be a part of it out on the farm makes for an immersive experience that I think will really touch people."

The show runs July 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:00 p.m. (note that's a half hour earlier than usual Dreamwell shows.) The location is Country Camp, 3418 Osage St. SW, Iowa City, Iowa. Audience is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. For tickets, call 319-541-0140 or go here.

(Photos by Carol Grow Johnk.)

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