A Confluence of Dreaming tells the story of Carol, an underappreciated and seemingly invisible suburban homemaker who finds herself wondering what the hell happened to her life. She rediscovers stifled thrill and passion in the secret, sexy world of cyberspace. As her husband obsesses over their local property tax assessment and the cost of their current kitchen renovation, the state of their marriage (along with their roof) is about to collapse under the weight of what they haven't addressed.
Their seventeen year old "activist" daughter, who is about to leave the nest and save the world, is torn between going to college or Tibet. Taking place in Pittsburgh during the summer of 2001, Carol solicits a face to face meeting with her online lover in New York City. When fantasy collides with reality in his studio apartment, Carol confronts the choices she's made against the desires she has suppressed in the quest for self-fulfillment.
"Tammy Ryan's vision of family, sexuality and love... haunts you like a dream
that feels too familiar... her characters are disquieting because they are all sadly true,
we recognize them, because we recognize ourselves."
- Amy Glazer, Associate Director,
The Magic Theater, San Francisco
"A masterclass in turning existential despair into comedy."
- Chris Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-gazette.
These are some photographs from lighting designer Andrew David Ostrowski's blog,
TFPLD, showing scenes from the Playhouse Rep 2010 performance.
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