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2nd Annual Halloween Festival
Sleeping in Tomorrow
a comedy about cocktails
and parallel universes
Written by Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Clara Barton Green
Nominated for a 2004 Spotlight On Award!
Berenice is dissatisfied with her life and looking for answers in mysticism.
When she begins having out-of-body experiences at a cocktail party hosted by
her husband's Gay brother and his lover, she takes the opportunity to explore
several parallel universes, encountering all of her friends in wildly different
worlds and circumstances.
Inventors, Sports Figures, Jews, Homos, Witches,
Masochists, Nazis, Clowns: Who do you want to be today?
Performances were at Chashama 121 West 42nd StIt starred:
Sunday 10/19/03 - 4:30pm
Thursday 10/23/03 - 4:30pm
Friday 10/24/03 - 7pm
Saturday 10/25/03 - 5pm
Monday 10/27/03 - 7pm
Thursday 10/30/03 - 5pm
Sunday 11/2/03 - 12 Noon
Lauren Adler* - Sue Berch* - Elizabeth Boskey
Wael Haggiagi -Dawn Pollock Jones - Paul Martin Kovic*
Ehud Segev - Jason Specland - Sami Zetts
* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association
"Sleeping in Tomorrow is a tremendously well-written production by author Duncan Pflaster. The plot revolves around a woman at a cocktail party and all of her parallel universes. It is similar in style to a play by Thornton Wilder entitled The Skin of our Teeth with all three acts having the same characters in different time periods and different situations. Most of Duncan Pflaster's work has a Thornton Wilderesque quality to it. Mr. Pflaster carefully weaves his relevant thoughts regarding Jewish persecution, homophobia, sexism, jealousy, and the plight of the average white guy, into this script while giving us entertaining characters. The proverbial question of this production "Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?" doesn't truly hit home till Mr. Pflaster skillfully releases it ten minutes before the play's ending. This author is truly among the current undiscovered great off-off Broadway writers."
- G.S. Bowen, "Hi-Drama" (Manhattan Cable Show)
SLEEPING IN TOMORROW
Cross-Eyed Bear Productions
By Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Clara Barton Green
Pflaster always provides a quirky world which wins the interest of many disciples. Inventors, sports figures, jews, homos, witches, masochists, nazis and clowns are represented here.
In Pflaster's new play for adults, Berenice is dissatisfied with her life and looking for answers in cosmic mysticism. When she begins having out-of-body experiences at a cocktail party hosted by her husband's gay brother and his lover, she takes the opportunity to explore several parallel universes, encountering all of her friends in wildly different worlds and circumstances.
The director has done a lovely job of staging SLEEPING IN TOMORROW. The actors successfully accomplish many adjustments on character among the universes, although I wish at least one of them would economize on the hand and arm thrashing.
The technical aspects are enjoyable as well -- a simple placement of good apartment furnishings and good sound and lighting. Costumes, too, are easy on the eye.
A great deal of preparation and love brought this play off. Ms. Lauren Adler's performance as Berenice is especially honest and engaging. Yet the whole cast works as a terrific ensemble: Sue Berch, Elizabeth Boskey, Wael Haggiagi, Dawn Pollock Jones, Paul Martin Kovic, Ehud Segev, Jason Specland and Sami Zetts.
- Sherri Braun, Stage Pages