Alley Stage Reading Series: The Dreamer of Oyster Bay

June 8, 2024

Schedule: 4pm Sat

Instructor: Cass Erickson

Registration Deadline: June 7

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Join us for a staged reading of an original play in our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Following the reading by local cast members, stay for the talkback session and reception on the Art Cafe patio with complimentary nibbles and a cash bar. (Rain location: Sardeson Studio at 223 Commerce St.)

The Dreamer of Oyster Bay, a full-length tragicomedy, tells the story of Winston Wentworth and his wife Winnie, who are trapped in an upper class lifestyle, but are faced with diminishing possibilities when an inheritance falls through. After a series of betrayals and Winston’s failed attempt to invent something, he reaches a breaking point and undergoes an existential crisis. He rejects his upper class values and family tradition to pursue a lifelong dream of sailing around the world, leaving his wife Winnie and a boarder, Teddy, to fend for themselves.

Cass Erickson is a poet and an award-winning playwright and short story writer currently residing in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her ten-minute play Alpha Dogs was produced off-Broadway by Love Creek Productions in New York and had a staged reading at Chicago Dramatists. The play was invited for a staged reading at the Last Frontier (Edward Albee) Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Insomnia, a ten-minute play, was produced by Flying Leap Players in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Every Shiny Object had a reading in the Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Zigs and Zags, a one-minute memoir written for radio, was a finalist in the Brevity: The Podcast of a Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction competition.

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  • Price: $5