UNION — Premiere Stages is partnering with the National Science Foundation to present a staged reading of iDream, a new play by Eileen and Suzanne Trauth. In iDream, three girls, all confronting an uncertain future, are encouraged by a dynamic teacher to explore the male dominated field of computer technology and in so doing, begin to discover their place in the world. Art and science converge in this highly topical exploration of career opportunities in the twenty-first century.
The free presentations of iDream will be followed by post-show discussions with the audience. High school and college students will also be afforded the opportunity to participate in audience surveys, sharing their views about computer technology and their knowledge about the possible careers available to them.
iDream is part of the Premiere Stages Play Festival, which is dedicated to the development of emerging dramatists. Each year, Premiere Stages seeks submissions from playwrights throughout the region. Numerous plays have been developed and produced by Premiere Stages since 2004 and many of these have been subsequently produced and published.
iDream will be directed by Premiere Stages’ producing artistic director, John Wooten and will be dramaturged by Premiere’s resident dramaturg, Clare Drobot. The diverse cast of performers includes Antonio Edwards Suarez, Andrea Bianchi, Alexandra Rivera, Daniel Boisrond, Kristen Dowtin and Marisel Polanco.
Sisters Eileen and Suzanne Trauth collaborated on the play. “This play operates on two levels. On one level, it is about students learning about science and technology careers. But at a deeper level it is about the processes whereby people experience, internalize and resist barriers. So this play is intended to be valuable to a wide audience,” said Eileen. “iDream offers an opportunity for the audience, and particularly students, to gain insights into an array of experiences and careers that they might not have thought about previously. It moves our thinking about the future of computer science and technology in a new direction,” added Suzanne.
iDream will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. To make reservations call 1-908-737-4092. All performances take place in the Little Theatre located in the Kean University Student Center.
iDream is fully funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Premiere Stages is also made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, The Westfield Foundation, The New Jersey Historical Commission and through the generous support of individual patrons. For further information, call Premiere Stages at 1-908-737-4092.