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2024

American Dreams

Written by Michael Gene Sullivan
Music & Lyrics by Daniel Savio
Directed by Velina Brown
Music Direction by Dred Scott

AMERICAN DREAMS features Andre Amarotico* (Oliver, Harold); Michael Gene Sullivan* (Gabriel Pearse, Chancellor Quisling); Lizzie Calogero* (Meliae Higgins, Emma); Mikki Johnson (Paine Pearse).

And band members Caroline Chung (Bass); Daniel Savio (Keyboards); and Dred Scott (Drums, Percussion, additional keyboards).

The American Dream. It used to mean a job, a house, a car, a spouse, 2.5 kids, and a .4 dog. But what does it mean now? For Gabriel Pearce, a Black man tired of liberal failures, on the day after the presidential election it means victory! Giving up on progressivism wasn’t easy, but casting his vote for a Conservative who promise to be grateful could mean a dream come true. However, for his daughter Paine - a teacher at a university caught between protesting students and threats to funding - it’s a nightmare! Or was the lost election just a dream? Or will A.I. catch fire, like Oliver sees in his nightmares? Do androids dream of electronic voting? Can we create the utopia of justice activist student Emma hopes for, or is the present just a dream within a dream within a dream. But whether you’re asleep or Woke what some see as nightmares others see as… American Dreams.

* The Actors and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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