“The Dream Factory”
Written by Tennyson E. Stead
Directed by Tyler Seipe
This is the world premier of “The Dream Factory” written by Los Angeles based playwright and filmmaker Tennyson E. Stead.
As part of the NoHo Fringe festival, this strange and fascinating play fits right in amongst this year’s mixture of the macabre, the musical and the more challenging plays that seem to find their way out of the darkness and into our psyches via the limited performances of fringe theatre.
The play revolves around two characters, Fate Mortimer and Free Williams, total strangers whose lives collide when they both turn up at The Dream Factory, a mysterious institution where individual thoughts come to become our most fervent and celebrated dreams.
They are met, and then imprisoned by the Foreman, played with a stunningly clever combination of the charming and the sinister by the extremely good Rob Mathes. The two women are chained together and abandoned in a cell where, with the help of their disparate and delightfully profound personalities, the stubborn and the sweet, they form an unexpected friendship, the kind that only occurs when there is no one and nothing else to trust.
Z. Zoccolante and Kaitlin Sullivan play these two compelling and complex characters, and they do so with such delightful carelessness for our comfort, so completely throwing themselves into the premise and the magical realism of the piece that I found myself both amused by the consistently ironic nature of the action and deeply drawn into their relationship, quietly hopeful for their struggle and their clearly vital part in this quizzical, dark world.
So what is it all about then? Hmm…not sure I really need to fully understand at every level the what and the why of this beautifully written and intricately constructed ode to what I see as our tremendous capacity for faith. But perhaps that is exactly what it is, in a way. And I think at a certain point it’s just important to believe what we think we may know, then the rest of what exists, science, reality, art and our own nature just automatically becomes enough.
Whatever you find in this play, it is certainly very entertaining, thoughtful and unique, and I would highly recommend you take the time to see it. I’m extremely intrigued by the way Mr Stead’s mind works, and I look forward to seeing much more of his work.
“The Dream Factory” is running from October from October 14th to October 22nd at 8pm at 5267 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
Z. Zoccolante, Kaitlin Sullivan & Rob Mathes
Tyler Seiple, Lara Helena, Rob Mathes