Dream Girl by Elmer Rice
The New York City publishing world of the 1940s is the setting for Elmer Rice's romantic and comedic contemplation on the road less traveled. In the spirit of James Thurber's 1939 short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, with a nod to Nick and Nora Charles of the famous Thin Man film series, we follow our heroine through a single day in her mundane life as a bookseller, which includes journeys to the wild land of her repressed Freudian urges. Eight performers bring to life 32 characters in this rollicking comedy, presented within the stunning backdrop of the sanctuary at St. Marys Church, Hamilton Village, on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
Directed by Tina Brock
Costume Design: Erica Hoelscher
Lighting Design: Josh Schulman
Sound Design: Tina Brock
February 5-24, 2019
St. Mary's Church at Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk
(West) Philadelphia, PA 19104
https://DreamGirl.bpt.me, call 215-285-0472 or email info@IdiopathicRidiculopathyConsortium.org
Tuesday thru Saturday Evenings - 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees - 4:00 pm (note the time adjustment)
Preview Performances (2/5, 2/6) - $15
Opening Night (2/7) - $25
Weeknights (Wednesday & Thursday) - $22
Weekend Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) - $25
Running Time: 120 minutes
Seating is limited; early arrival is encouraged.
Seating for the performance begins one half-hour before curtain.
Inquire about student, senior, industry and group discounts.
Elmer Rice (1892 - 1967) was an American playwright, director, and novelist noted for his innovative and polemical plays. In The Adding Machine (1923) Rice adapted techniques from German Expressionist theatre to depict the dehumanization of man in the 20th century, including Street Scene (1929), Rice's starkly realistic Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy, which was adapted into a popular musical featuring lyrics by Langston Hughes, music by Kurt Weill.
Dream Girl will be presented in the historic sanctuary of St. Mary's Church, Hamilton Village in West Philadelphia. St. Mary's was at the forefront of racial integration in the Episcopal Church and in Philadelphia, advocated early and strongly for the inclusion of women in leadership positions in the church and the ordained ministry. It later became the first venue for lesbian and gay religious advocacy organizations in the church, as well as being the first safe gathering place for lesbian and gay youth in the city.
The IRC. We bring good nothingness to life.
St. Marys Church on Locust Walk, on the University of Pennsylvania Campus, near 40th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets.
There is limited metered and free street parking (south of Pine Street). Also, Garage 40 is a self park garage located at 40th and Walnut Streets (one block north of St. Mary's) has evening parking after 5:00 pm for $18. Sunday matinee is hourly, and approximately $15.00.
The closest SEPTA train line is the Market-Frankford at 40th and Market Streets, and the closest trolley stop is at 40th Street for the 11, 13, 34, and 36 lines. Bus line 21 stops at 40th and Walnut Streets, and the 42 line stops at 40th and Spruce Streets. As always, please check the SEPTA website for service details.
St. Marys Church at Hamilton Village (View)
3916 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|