Shanley's Dreamer Awakens in Off-Off-Broadway Revival

News   Shanley's Dreamer Awakens in Off-Off-Broadway Revival The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, the 1986 play by John Patrick Shanley, who would win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 20 years later for Doubt, gets a Manhattan revival at the Ohio Theater starting Nov. 30.

Ditto Productions presents the staging, directed by Rusty Owen and featuring Eleni Tzimas, Joe Petcka and David Ditto Tawil.

"The Dreamer begins as Tommy, a would-be painter living in a filthy apartment, receives a visit from his furious girlfriend Donna," according to production notes. "She confronts him with the news that she's aware he's been cheating on her with her kid sister. Seemingly unmoved by Donna's rage at first, it soon becomes clear that Tommy is still madly in love with her and can't seem to handle it."

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow was first presented at the Double Image Theatre in 1986. Shanley's works also include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Italian American Reconciliation, Defiance, Savage in Limbo and Women of Manhattan. In 1987 Shanley's screenplay for the film "Moonstruck" won an Academy Award.

Director Rusty Owen recently directed The Chinese Art of Placement for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. He has collaborated with comedienne Pat Candaras on plays that appeared at both the Edinburgh and New York Fringe Festivals including The Seducers, featured at the Fringe NYC in 2005. He has also directed So It's Come to This, written and performed by Emmett Foster for the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead starring Michael Kash in Toronto.

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow opens at the Ohio Theater (66 Wooster Street between Spring and Broome Streets in Soho) on Nov. 30 and continues to Dec. 16. Tuesday through Saturday performances are at 8 PM. Sunday matinees on Dec. 3 and 10 are at 3 PM. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information call (212) 352-3101 or go to www.theatermania.com.