1. A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
2. A daydream; a reverie.
3. A state of abstraction; a trance.
4. A wild fancy or hope.
5. A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration.
6. One that is exceptionally gratifying, excellent, or beautiful'
1. To experience a dream in sleep.
2. To daydream.
3. To have a deep aspiration.
4. To regard something as feasible or practical.
1. To experience a dream of while asleep.
2. To conceive of; imagine.
3. To pass (time) idly or in reverie.
In his seminal work, The Interpretation of Dreams Sigmund Freud wrote, “Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” In this, our fifth season, theatre KAPOW will seek to uncover the profound meanings of some crazy dreams. Our season begins in September 21, 2012, with Caryl Churchill’s 2005 adaptation of August Strindberg’s surreal masterpiece A Dream Play. Purportedly written during a psychotic break, A Dream Play follows the logic of a dream in which images and characters merge and separate, locations change in an instant, and a locked door recurs obsessively. Churchill has been one of Britain’s most celebrated dramatists over the past half century. In her recent work, she has explored theatre that incorporates music and dance as integral parts of the storytelling. Strindberg write in his preface to the play, “Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist."
Our exploration of dreams will continue in March 2013 with The Illusion by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). In a story that explores what is reality and what is not, a lawyer, facing mortality, desperate to find the son he drove away 20 years before, travels in the dead of night to a mysterious cave. There he engages the services of a wizard, who conjures up visions of the romantic, adventurous, perilous life the lawyer's son has been living since his father expelled him from home. The Illusion, freely adapted from Pierre Corneille's 17th century theatrical fairy tale Illusion Comique, is Kushner's most joyfully theatrical play, a wildly entertaining tale of passion and regret, of love, disillusionment, and magic.
Our dream season will take a turn in a new direction in May 2013. Probing deep into the disintegration of the American Dream, Sam Shepard’s Buried Child became an instant classic and the first Off-Off Broadway play to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. When Vince brings his girlfriend Shelly home to meet his family, it’s a curious homecoming for the son nobody seems to remember. Violence is never far from the surface as his unexpected return uncovers a deep, dark secret that triggers catastrophe. Like many of Shepard's plays, Buried Child is characterized by a poetic sensibility and offbeat sense of humor, as well as a startling imagery that conjures up the decline of the great American West.
Our exploration of dreams will not be restricted to the stage this season. In many ways, this fifth anniversary milestone provides us context in which to reflect on the dreams we have realized in such a short time and it motivates us to keep reaching for those dreams that will strengthen the company in the years to come. tKAPOW started as the crazy dream of a small group of artists five years ago. We hope that tKAPOW has as profound an impact on you as it continues to have on all of us.