Now through Sept. 14: Jeremy Menekseoglu's MEDEA
READER RECOMMENDED "In typical form, Menekseoglu artfully combines muscular poetry, well-chosen anachronisms, and epic cruelty." - Chicago Reader
NEWCITY RECOMMENDED "the acting is like nothing else you’ll see on a local stage. ... Jason’s entrance is a masterpiece of nonverbal revelation, with his toy-soldier stiffness and pomposity betrayed by a twitchy, distracted air that testifies to his deep-seated fear of his abandoned wife and her witchy ways. Martindale’s Medea is a force of nature, cowing all those around her, including even Hera, queen of the gods" - Newcity
3/4 STARS ON CHICAGO THEATER BEAT "As Medea, Martindale is outstanding, carrying the intensity of her characters and the poetry of Menekseoglu’s script, shifting easily from beaten-down has-been to proud priestess who is either a deeply intuitive woman or a psychopath unhinged by bitternes. As Jason, Jeremy Menekseoglu’s range is impressive, going from pompous jerk to sympathetic father. The script is beautiful, and the language rich and powerful. Menekseoglu shows a range of skills as director, actor, and scenic and sound designer: his use of music and sound effects is immersive. Anna W Menekseoglu's lighting design combines with the skillful use of sound to transform the small, minimalist set into a foreign land filled with black magic and supernatural events." - Chicago Theater Beat
A Letter from Audience after seeing MEDEA "I want to thank you. Thank you for a marvelous production. For a show that is continuing to spark conversations in my home. A show that makes me want to grab people off the street and bring them to the theatre. I felt the need to write this because I want to let you know how very important what you do is – not just to me as an audience member – but to the audience as members of a larger society. THIS is the purpose of drama." See full letter on our Blog
EDGE RECOMMENDED "Martindale was powerful yet achingly human as Medea, and as Glauce, Meyer had a humble but steadfast presence. According to the program, Dream Theatre's mission "is to shatter the barrier between actor and audience... and deliver the highest art possible in its most raw, unflinching, and entertaining form." With this solid production of "Medea" under its belt, Dream Theatre will no doubt continue to execute its mission in its new home for many productions to come." EDGE Review
This visceral reimagining of the classic Greek tragedy focuses on the psychological damage to Medea’s children, and the implosion of her unhealthy marriage to the hero Jason.
On the eve of his wedding to his new bride, Jason visits the beachside shack made out of the rottingArgo where Medea and her neglected twin boys bide their time. Jason demands that Medea take a payoff to leave Corinth so he can safely marry its virgin princess, Glauce. But neither of them wants to take the children, whom Medea blames for the loss of her husband and her past identity as a powerful, desirable woman.
Glauce bravely offers her own, gentler peace to the feared and isolated Medea, and in so doing gives Medea the opportunity to reclaim her past glory and win back Jason’s heart. Medea’s magic was powerful enough to slay a Titan, but it may not be powerful enough to save her marriage – and it comes at a terrible, bloody price.
MEDEA features: Rachel Martindale as Medea with an ensemble of Dream Theatre Company members: Jeremy Menekseoglu, Amanda Meyer, Madelaine Schmitt, Anna W Menekseoglu & Dream Theatre Company Artistic Associate Kaitlin Stewart.
Runs now through Septeber 14th on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 8:00 p.m. No shows Aug. 31 or Sept. 5. Tickets are $20. We take Cash & Credit Cards (Square) at the door. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited to 30 seats per performance.
Our friends at The Atlantic Bar and Grill down the street welcome you to Lincoln Square! Bring a Dream Theatre Company show program to 5062 N. Lincoln, just down the street from Dream Laboratory, and get $1 off draft beers, and a free appetizer for groups of six or more!
THE MECHANICAL MAN
by Jeremy Menekseoglu
official selection of the Chicago Fringe Festival
on the Ketchup-less Stage 4802 N. Milwaukee
Saturday - 8/30@2:30pm
Sunday - 8/31@8:30pm
Monday - 9/1@8:30pm
Thursday - 9/4@10:00pm
Friday - 9/5@7:00pm
An all-girl, silent, steampunk play full of debauchery, revenge and insanity! This tale tells of the struggle between an inventor's scientific obsession and his daughter's innocent connection to the virtues of humanity. Set to a mournful musical score, Jeremy Menekseoglu’s hauntingly beautiful play takes the audience into dark world reminiscent of turn of the century silent film.
Listen to the podcast interview between Anna W Menekseoglu & Vinnie Lacey, Executive Director of the Chicago Fringe Festaval.
Directed by company member Greg Callozzo and featuring an all-female ensemble of Dream Theatre Company members Nicole Roberts, Madelaine Schmitt, Amanda Lynn Meyer and Anna W Menekseoglu.
Returning October 17th: AUDIENCE ANNIHILATED
Audience Annihilated Part Two: Gold Star Sticker
Dream Theatre Company, 5026 N. Lincoln, 773-552-8616
Already known for thoroughly immersive theater experiences, Dream Theatre sealed its standing with Jeremy Menekseoglu's Halloween show Audience Annihilated Part Two: Gold Star Sticker, the most chillingly horrific 15 minutes I've endured in recent memory. As in Audience Annihilated Part One: Women Only Train, staged back in 2011, audience members play the part of the lead, in this case six-year-old Princess, who's subjected to a junkie amputee careening a bit too close for comfort, a cold hard bitch of a mother whispering beer-soaked expletives (the unflinching Nicole Roberts), and Bear, a cruel teddy whose catchphrase "I don't like things the way they are" still pops up in my mind quite unsettlingly. Why subject yourself to this, you ask? For the same reason we like haunted houses and scary movies: nerves jangling, heart racing, and mouth agape, you walk away from the experience feeling thrillingly alive. Coming up next for Dream Theatre Company, which just moved into new digs in Lincoln Square: two more from Menekseoglu. --Marissa Oberlander
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