“beautifully resurrected by Theatre East”
“Daniel MacIvor’s heartfelt family drama…[is] an absorbing production with it’s share of rewards.”
“…an honest and touching drama that in a mere 80 minutes reminds us how distinctive each life is and how we all intertwine and touch one another.”
“…director Judson Jones and his cast are as smart as MacIvor’s script.”
The Lion Theatre, Theatre Row
Production Manager: Eric Kasprisin, Set Design: Lea Anello, Lighting Design: Jessica Kaspirin, Sound Design and Musical Composition: Scott O’Brien, Voice & Dialect Coach: Kohli Calhoun, Production Stage Manager: Megan O’Brien, Assistant Managing Director: Vibe Norman
Play Themes / Production History
An emotionally rich drama that everyone can relate to, THE SOLDIER DREAMS surrounds David’s family gathered by his bed at home as he lies in a coma and dreams of his secret life. We witness his two sisters, Tish and Judy, his brother-in-law, Sam, and his partner Richard wrestle with emotions—and sometimes each other—as they struggle to come to terms with losing David. What would he want? They all come up with the same answer: “If David had his way we’d all be dancing.”
I was struck by the theme that the responsibility of any given relationship—whether family, friends or lovers—lies with you, and your window to improve those relationships is finite. ~ Dan T., audience member of the workshop performance.
More than just a beautifully crafted script, THE SOLDIER DREAMS is that rare play that delivers true catharsis to the audience. You will not be the same when you walk out of the theater as you were when you walked in. It is a play for everyone with a brother, a sister, a lover; everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.