CCM Play Series continues with 'A Dream Play'

This candid look at humanity runs Nov. 3-6 in CCM's Cohen Family Studio Theater

Story by CCM Graduate Student Chet Rhodes

The UC College-Conservatory of Music continues its Play Series with August Strindberg’s 1901 A Dream Play (translated by Harry G. Carlson), which runs Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Associate Professor Vincent DeGeorge, CCM's Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage, directs this production. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office. 

This mind-bending play enraptures audiences, and caries them on a journey to witness the joys, struggles, truths and conundrums of human existence. By setting the play in the honest and observant state of a dream, Strindberg is able to fully dissect the human experience. This combination of jarring space and brutal authenticity is sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences. 

A Dream Play follows the daughter of Indra, the Hindu king of gods, as she comes to earth in a human form named Agnes. In an effort to understand what it is to be human, and as she attempts to prove that love can overcome any obstacle, Agnes interacts with many earthly beings. Each of these characters represents a different human trait, and their role in the plot shows the strengths and faults of each. The plot, however, does not follow a traditional timeline, and instead moves as if in a dream. "Anything can happen," wrote Strindberg, "everything is possible and plausible. Time and space do not exist. Upon an insignificant background of real life events the imagination spins and weaves new patterns: a blend of memories, experiences, pure inventions, absurdities and improvisations."

This enthralling, and at times confounding play served as a vibrant precursor to 20th century Surrealism and Expressionism in dramatic art. While Surrealism supersedes the conflicting states of dreaming and consciousness, and instead explores the purity of the subconscious, Expressionism relies on distorted sets and exaggeration to convey its messages. A Dream Play begins to see elements of both, with scenes in impossible situations and the persistence of an underlying question of reality: “What is truth?”

A Dream Play's run time is 100 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets for A Dream Play can be purchased online through CCM’s box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

A Dream Play

by August Strindberg
Translated by Harry G. Carlson

“A Dream Play (Carlson, trans.)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

  • Director | Vincent DeGeorge
  • Assistant Director| Debra Joan Najor* 
  • Scenic Designer | Abigail Heyd*
  • Lighting Designer | Kate Ingram*
  • Costume Designer |  Miranda Cotman*
  • Sound Designer / Original Compositions | Aaron Harris Woodstein*
  • Production Stage Manager | Katie Reus*
  • Props Master | Suzanne Barnes*
  • Cultural Dramaturg | Joy Lanceta Coronel
  • Historical Dramaturg | Jenny Doctor

*CCM Student

  • Daughter | Sydni Charity Solomon
  • Poet | Nathan Flesh
  • Officer | Lydia Noll
  • Lawyer | Ava Panagopoulos
  • Glazier/School Master/Husband | Nick Casey
  • Father/Billposter/He/2nd Coal Heaver | Luke Danni
  • Mother/Prompter/She/Blind Man | Cassandra Reeves
  • Lina/Kristine/Wife/1st Coal Heaver | Becca Anderson
  • Edith/Husband/The University | Austin James Cleri
  • Doorkeeper/Quarantine Master/Wife | Madi Burnett
  • Daughter Understudy/Swing | Staylie Brunner
  • Poet Understudy/Swing | Joysoline Ivory-Smith
  • Officer Understudy/Swing | Hannah Toronto
  • Lawyer Understudy/Swing | Debra Joan Najor

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5*
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5*
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6

*Please note that traffic and parking around campus will be heavier than normal on Nov. 5 due to a UC Football game. CCM encourages patrons to purchase parking in advance through the Box Office.

Location

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are $27; student and group discounts available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. For detailed driving directions, visit ccm.uc.edu/directions.

Parking is available in UC's CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. 

CCM OnStage patrons can add pre-paid parking to their checkout carts when purchasing tickets. Pre-paid parking is date/performance specific. CCM Garage parking rates for a performance or special event is usually available for $10-15. Learn more about parking at UC's CCM Garage.

For additional information on parking at UC, please visit uc.edu/about/parking.

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts 
The Strader Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
CCM Digital Sponsors
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
Anonymous
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor

Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter
Jeff Thomas Catering
The Castleberry Family
KMK Law
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan
Graeter’s Ice Cream 
CCMpower
eat well celebrations and feasts 
The Summit Hotel
Event Sponsors
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of August 30, 2022
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Chet Rhodes

CCM Graduate Assistant, Marketing + Communications

Currently a Bassoon Performance master’s student at CCM, Chet received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah. He has held positions with the Salt Lake Symphony and the Utah Philharmonia.

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, visit ccm.uc.edu/onstage.  


Featured image at the top: A promotional image for CCM's production of A Dream Play.

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