Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two from Dreamwell: "Mothering in the Trenches" and Writer's Joust Winner

Iowa City - Dreamwell has announced two special events to take place at the East Side Recycling Center on Scott Boulevard: a "un-Hallmark" Mother's Day event on May 12, and Joe Jennison's My Five Husbands, the winner of this years Writer's Joust, on July 19 and 20.

From Dreamwell's newsletter:

Mothering in the Trenches
"Dreamwell Theatre presents a three-generational celebration of the tug-of-love-and-war between mothers, teens, mothers-in-law, and more. Iowa playwrights Barbara Lau & Maggie Conroy will share their poems and monologues on many stages of mothering -- including rebuttals from teenage daughters. Noon on Sunday May, 12 at the Environmental Education Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City, 52240. A donation of $20 per person / $10 per extra family members is requested to help fund Dreamwell Theatre's year-long commitment to produce female playwrigthts!"

Writer's Joust Winner
"Dreamwell Theatre is pleased to announce the winning play of the 2013-2014 season Writer's Joust. The theme of the season has been Ova-tion: a season of women's words. We will conclude with a play written by Joe Jennison--a veteran playwright from Mt. Vernon, Iowa. His play, MY FIVE HUSBANDS, clearly celebrates a woman--one Wilder Rose Still who has reached the age of 39 years and, though a successful backup-singer for several stars, is still unmarried. When we meet her, she is happy to announce that she has won the lottery for millions of dollars and intends to get married. The problem is the actual selection of a husband. She has put together a pool of possible choices, gathered from a review of her past relationships--so we meet George, her former live-in partner who shares history; Bill, a former boyfriend who is always a good time; Ernie, another former boyfriend with lots of sex appeal; Langston, another ex with a literary bent; and Joe, her gay best friend. The audience is heavily involved in helping her review these choices as she seeks to weigh each one's appeal. The play takes place in the Midwest at the present time and is heavily influenced by Thornton Wilder with references to his great novel, THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, as well as his stage works. The playwright calls it "an interactive comedy about a woman who makes an impact by daring to write her own future.

MY FIVE HUSBANDS will be performed at the East Side Recycling Center on Scott Boulevard on July 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm. Directed by Meg Dobbs. Audition dates and times are to be announced. Watch for them!"

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