In the third scene of this play, Dad says, "The individual life is a dream." For me personally, this is a most moving idea. It frees me from my fear of death. It puts my ego where it belongs, in a place of secondary importance. It binds me to the human race, and binds the race itself to the atoms in the stars.
Who am I? This is a courageous question. As a writer and as a man I am involved in one central struggle- to discover and accept who I am. I believe all fear has its roots in denial. I have, at one time or another, denied everything. Every fact of my specific self. My parents, my Bronx origin, my Americanness, my Irishness, my appetites, my mortality, my need for love and acceptance, my jealousy, my violence, my anger.
I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap.
Writing is acting is directing is living your life. I have told you the things I have just told you so that you know something of my approach to playwriting. I see no difference between writing a play and living my life. The same things that make a moment in my life succeed, combust, move, these same things make a moment in my playwriting have life. And when I move in my writing, I have moved in my life. There is no illusion. It is all the same thing. Acting is the same as playwriting.
- John Patrick Shanley
Director Mel Tuck's Notes
Who am I? This is a question prevalent in many writers of the last forty years. It is a very courageous question in which we are involved in one central struggle - to discover and accept who we are. Fear and politics are rooted in denial and secrets. Things we deny ourselves and secrets we even keep from ourselves. We may not be overly courageous but there are times when we must find the courage in ourselves in order to go forward and to live. “All the really exciting things that are possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have,” says Shanley. The things that make a moment in our lives successful, make a moment in our creativity and those of us who have the courage, make the sacrifice of ourselves in order to share this discovery with others.
18 SEP 2014
THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW
20:00PM PAL STUDIO THEATRE, 581 Cardero Street Vancouver
Tickets can be purchased at the door 1 hour prior to Show Time.
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT In the third scene of this play, Dad says, “The individual life is a dream.” For me personally, this is a most moving idea. It frees me from my fear of death. It puts my ego where it belongs, in a place of secondary importance. It binds me to the human race, and binds the race itself to the atoms in the stars.
Co-produced by Natalie Leon, Michael Germant, Gina Leon, and Lori Watt
Photography by Jayme Cowley
Stage Manager Sandra Drag
Publicity Pam Smith, Farrah Jinha
Showtimes / Tickets
Tue, Sept 16 2014, 8:00 pm (Preview) - HALF PRICE
Wed, Sept 17 2014, 8:00 pm (Opening) - HALF PRICE
Thu, September 18 2014, 8:00 pm
Fri, September 19 2014, 8:00 pm
Sat, September 20 2014, 8:00 pm
Sun, September 21 2014, 8:00 pm
Tue, September 23 2014, 8:00 pm
Wed, September 24 2014, 8:00 pm
Fri, September 26 2014, 8:00 pm
Sat, September 27 2014, 8:00 pm
Sun, September 28 2014, 8:00 pm