"Department of Dreams" by Jeton Neziraj
CRITIC'S CHOICE, LA Times!
The world premiere of Kosovar playwright Jeton Nezirajs nightmarish, Orwellian comedy of an autocratic government that demands its citizens deposit their dreams in a central, bureaucratic depository so that it can exert the fullest possible control of their imaginations. In this vast, underground complex, civil servants like Dan, a new hire for the prized job of Interpreter, sift patiently through the nations dreams looking for threats to the governments authority and its version of truth. If order is to be maintained, deviance must be extinguished and imagination co-opted. Dan works hard and tries stubbornly to survive in this strange dream world but finds nothing is as it seems to be except the authority that rules it. Dont miss the world premiere of this new play from one of Europes most remarkable playwrights.
Join us the weekend of November 8 through the 10th for a series of special events built around the visit of of the playwright, including special receptions, book signings, and a special panel on the theme of "Theatre and Politics," hosted by Steven Leigh Morris, editor of Stage Raw.
Weekend of November 8th 10th: Meet the playwright as Jeton Neziraj joins City Garage from Kosovo for a special weekend of events around this world premiere.
Friday, November 8th: Champagne Reception and book signing following the 8:00pm performance
Saturday, November 9th: Catered reception following the 8:00pm performance and informal Q&A with the playwright.
Sunday, November 10th: Guest Panel discussion Theatre and Politics moderated by Steven Leigh Morris, editor of Stage Raw
Panelists: Dr. Mietek Boduszynski, Assistant Professor of Politics at Pomona College; Dr. Susan Kresin, Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages, UCLA; Lauren Murphy Yeoman, Assistant Professor of Theatre, USC School of Dramatic Arts; Jeton Neziraj, Playwright.
Tickets for these special events are $50/seat. Or attend all three for $100.
"The premiere represents a coup for City Garages founders, artistic director Frédérique Michel and producing director Charles A. Duncombe, whose company has been presenting edgy theater for more than 30 years. Michel, who also directs, and Duncombe, whose typically stunning production design is a highlight, do full service to Nezirajs savagely topical, darkly funny piece.Michels staging, combined with Duncombes animated projections a sort of Dadaesque Betty Boop complete Nezirajs Orwellian portrait of a mad world in which all individuality is suppressed.This is not an easy play. Its difficult to understand, at times incomprehensible. But it is important work by a world-class playwright who challenges our complacency at every twist and turn."
CRITICS CHOICE, Los Angeles Times
"The cast entire does the fine job I frankly have come to expect from City Garage, with Frederique Michel's direction showing wonderful insight, most of all in terms of casting, while an extra nod should go to Gaston Vinas' graphic animations."
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