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The Dreamland Bus
by Kenneth Graham
Directed by Bonnie Meath-Lang
April 30 at 7:30 PM
May 1*, 2, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM
May 3 at 2:00 PM
*May 1st will feature a talkback with the playwright Kenneth Graham and the cast following the performance. This show will also be sign language interpreted.
RAPA/Kodak Center for the Performing Arts
200 Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY 14615
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It is Easter weekend, 1989, in Columbia, South Carolina. The adult children of Dr. Randolph "Boston" Bradley and Lucille Kubiak Bradley (born and raised in Rochester, New York) have gathered for a final holiday weekend in their childhood home. Their father's health is failing, and their mother is overwhelmed—and recently, more than a little homesick for the Flower City. The children—ZeeZee, the sailor's daughter, who has put aside her own dreams of seeing the world to shoulder her responsibilities, Randy, the lawyer whose realism stifles his ability to play, David, who falls in love with the wrong woman, and Chris, the storyteller who has broken "free" to write in New York and face disappointment after disappointment—intend to live through the pain of packing up the family home together as a gift to their parents. What they discover, in a cardboard box, is a gift to themselves.
Based upon Mr. Graham’s family and his Southern up-bringing, this play won the 1991 Southern Playwright’s Competition and the 1992 Festival of Southern Theater Playwriting Competition and has been produced several times before, but the fact that the matriarch of the family is from Rochester, New York will allow many audience members to enjoy the references and nuances in a more personal way.
Cast (in alphabetical order)
|Peter Allen||Randolph Bradley|
|Diane Chevron||Lucille Kubiak Bradley|
|Peter Elliott||Dr. Randolph "Boston" Bradley|
|Nancy Fancher||"Zeezee" Heyward|
|Greg Ludek||Christopher Bradley|
|Louie Podlaski|| David Bradley
The Cast of The Dreamland Bus (standing left to right) Louie Podlaski, Greg Ludek, Peter Allen
(Seated) Diane Chevron, Peter Elliott and Nancy Fancher.
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Raves for 'The Dreamland Bus'
“Funny, sad, disturbing, and hopeful – a finely detailed journey through the confusions of modern life.”
Festival of Southern Theater, Oxford, Mississippi
“I liked it VERY MUCH!” Zoe Caldwell, Actress
“A damn good play!” Suzanne Golden, Broadway Producer
“A beautiful play…powered by moonlight.” Robert Jennings, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Poster design by Louie Podlaski. Click on the poster to view full size.
News about Marie Long
If someone began to describe a person who has immeasurable talent, gives more than 100 percent of herself to every project, does the work of at least two people, asks for nothing in return, suffers no fools because she is so capable, that someone might be talking about Marie Long. To her family and friends, Marie is the most loyal, dedicated, generous and warm-hearted person anyone could ask for. If a person is lucky enough to have Marie as a friend, that person is lucky enough indeed.
Marie has been a part of the GRRC group for several years. She has worn many hats. If mailings needed to be done, she was there. If furniture was needed for a set, she did her best to either build it or go out and get it, if hands were needed backstage or on- stage, you could count on Marie. She painted, moved furniture, swept floors, you name it. She served as costume dresser, handmaiden to the “stars”, prop lady, and whatever else needed to be done. And she did it all with timeliness and precision. She was the consummate professional.
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