Playwright’s Fest: A Story That Begins & Ends With a Dream

I’m sorry no one told you about this sooner–if they had, you might not have missed this beautiful play last weekend. And I know you missed it, because there were only 15 or so people in last Friday night’s audience for A Story That Begins and Ends with a Dream, one of the full-length new works in the 2009 Northwest Playwright’s Festival, hosted by Tacoma Little Theatre.

The Play
A Story That Begins and Ends with a Dream was written, produced, and performed by members of Portland-based Working Theatre Collective. The basic premise is: A guy falls in love with two good friends at the same time.

The rest of it — if and how love is reciprocated, if and how it affects friendship, and if and how love survives, thrives, or dies — well, all that stuff is poetry. Wandering, visceral, and yes, dreamlike poetry. I was reminded in different parts of Leonard Cohen, Dylan Thomas, and once, fleetingly, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

The production seemed to be centered on the language, and it was lovely to see and hear. The sets were sparse and architectural.  The movement style was repetitive movement patterns, a loosely choreographed precision– sometimes actual choreography in fact.  There were dozens of  simple and yet dramatic lighting shifts. Really a nice show.

I hope Working Theatre Collective makes it back to T-Town in the near future with more lovely words and pictures!

In the meantime: Come see the other shows in the NW Playwright’s Festival!


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