Friday, February 28, 2014

A Dream Play comes to Douglas College stage


Audience members can expect a lively performance from the theatre students staging the upcoming production of A Dream Play.

"To prepare for this production, our actors have put in a lot of hard physical work," director Deborah Neville says. "It's a visually dynamic play and we want to bring it to life with expressive movement like tumbling and dancing. I think our audience can expect an exciting performance."

An adaptation of August Strindberg's drama by Caryl Churchill, the play is being presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology March 14-21.

Agnes, a daughter of the Vedic god Indra, is the play's central character. Having assumed human form, Agnes visits Earth and encounters a group of people whose lives are filled with hardship and disappointment. As she bears witness to their problems, the story shifts and jumps between a multitude of characters and settings.

"At its essence, this play takes a deep look at what it is to be human," Neville says. "It's about the search for meaning in a world filled with a great deal of suffering and conflict. I think that universal theme is why Strindberg's work has endured for over a century."

A Dream Play runs March 14-21 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($10-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.