Friday, June 24
Saturday, June 25
Boston Playwrights' Theatre
949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
|Robin JaVonne Smith (left) as Anna Lion and Lauren Foster as Walt Whitman;|
photo Carolle Photography
Dreambook is a collaborative theatrical reimagining of pre-Civil War New Orleans, often considered the most unique of U.S. cities. Dan Osterman and Nick Thorkelson's fictional drama, with musical elements performed live, serves as an invitation to envision this past with fresh eyes and ears, while also coming to grips with what has changed--or not--in American culture.
Walt Whitman and the adventurer William Walker factor heavily in Dan Osterman's play. Yet Dreambook does not revolve only around those larger-than-life historical figures. Rather, Osterman provides a close view of two other historical individuals: artist Jules Lion, a free person of color and the first daguerreotypist in New Orleans; and Anna Lion, a shape-shifting, irrepressible black teenager."This is not the Whitman you think you know," states playwright Dan Osterman