Yonder Window Theatre Company's THE DREAM PROJECT Comes To Dumbo
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is deconstructed and reinvented in The Dream Project. Yonder Window Theatre Company's multilingual, interdisciplinary piece speaks to the current climate of North America. The production is a collaboration between artists from Mexico, United States, and Canada and includes Spanish, French, and English text.
The Dream Project, under the direction of Artistic Director Katie McHugh, features original music and dance, aerial choreography, and an eclectic cast. The production will have a limited New York run, March 23rd - 25th at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Dumbo. The Dream Project was originally conceived in February of 2017 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and is largely inspired by this culturally diverse city.
Artistic Director Katie McHugh, shared what inspired her to create The Dream Project, "Art has a way of transcending language and bringing people together. That is what The Dream Project is about. Five years ago, I received an offer to perform in the Fringe Festival of San Miguel de Allende. This was my first time in Mexico, and I found myself immediately enamored of the culture and the locals' generosity of spirit. I went back to New York with a mission: to create a company in which artists could communicate their differences and come together to collaborate across borders. I wanted to work in Mexico, with Mexican artists to celebrate their culture, and learn the root of their passion."
McHugh went on to discuss why the project is so pertinent to today's political climate, "Collaborating over linguistic and cultural barriers provides us with comfort. Instead of fearing our differences, we celebrate them at a time where North America needs this more than ever. I believe there will always be a 'chink' in every wall, but we will always be stronger together. The importance of pursuing our Dream NOW could not be more relevant."
The cast includes Josephine Cooper (The Body Electic/Fiesta Di Teatro Ecologico in Italy), Tamara Geisler (Digna/ Planet Connections), Hugo Luna (full scholarship to British American Drama Academy/Oxford), Evan Regueira (Lady Macbeth in Oscura Sangre/Macbeth), Maia Ramnath (Artistic Director of Constellation Moving Company), Kendall Rileigh (Golda's Balcony/Tovah Feldshuh's understudy), Elke Van Dyke (A Midsummer Night's Dream/Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre), and Evan Tomlinson Weintraub (recent graduate from the National Circus School in Montreal).
The Dream Project is directed by Artistic Director Katie McHugh. The creative team includes Michael Porter (managing director), Kendall Rileigh (aerial choreography), Robin A. Paterson (lighting design), Nicholas Aguilar (musical direction), and Isaac Weisselberg (assistant director).
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/987266
Performances take place at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Subway: F to York Street (3-minute walk). Running time: 65 minutes.
Friday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 25 @ 2:00 pm
More info is available at http://yonderwindow.co
Katie McHugh (Director) is a New York based director, teacher and producer of theatre with an MFA in directing from The New School for Drama. She is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company, Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory, and Artistic Director of Yonder Window Theatre Company. Katie is an award-winning director who specializes in devised and experimental theatre. Selected New York directing credits: Euripides' Medea in the New School for Drama's New Visions festival, and The List by Jennifer Tremblay in the New York International Fringe Festival 2012 (Winner of Overall Excellence in a Solo Performance, NYC) and PLACES at 59e59 Theatre's East to Edinburgh Festival. Her new theatre company, Yonder Window, made its maiden voyage in 2017 with a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural, tri-lingual international production called The Dream Project, premiering at Muv arte in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Katie is a five-time director for the Writopia World Wide Plays Festival sponsored by David Letterman, as well as a regular guest director with the NYU dramatic writing program. She is the Artistic Ambassador of the Mexican Fringe Festival, San Miguel and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Her two most recent credits include, PLACES at The New Town Theatre in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 and The House on Poe Street by Fengar Gael at the 14th Street Y Theatre.
About Yonder Window Theatre Company
Yonder Window Theatre Company (YWTC) is a platform for cultural conversations and exchange committed to connecting with artists around the world. YWTC is dedicated to the exploration of cross-cultural and social relationships through the use of interdisciplinary art, creating innovative productions that explore the universal themes of the human experience both domestically and abroad. In 2017 they premiered the new play The House on Poe Street by Fengar Gael at the 14th Street Y. The production received rave reviews.
More About The Dream Project - It's Inception & Journey
Phase 1.0 - The Inception. February 2017. Inspired by the text of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Yonder Window Company members came together for the first time to begin the process of creating The Dream Project. Along with local artists of the gallery Muv arte in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico the company defined the core aesthetic and foundation of the piece.
Phase 1.5 - The Development. March 2018. The Company reunites in New York City to further develop the story, strengthen the cohesive language of the company, and add new company members to gear up for a large-scale production in phase 2.0.
Phase 2.0 - The Production. 2019. YWTC in conjunction with its Mexican and Canadian partners will present a full-scale formal production of The Dream Project. Dates TBD.
Phase 3.0 - The Exchange. 2020. YWTC aspires to create a mobile production, traveling across the continent with presentations in each of the three countries, giving the audiences of our North American partners a chance to experience The Dream Project.