New Ohio Theatre presents


JUNE 26 - 29


A new work by The Assembly

Written by Stephen Aubrey* and The Assembly
Directed by Jess Chayes*
Scenery by Nick Benacerraf*
Sound by Asa Wember
Video by Ray Sun
Lighting by Shelly Rodriguez
Produced by Justine de Penning

Company Producer: Ariela Rotenberg
Consulting Producer: Dorit Avganim
Associate Director: Lisa Szolovits
Technical Director: Elizabeth Eggert

Performed by: Edward Bauer*, Ben Beckley*, Ray Campbell*, Emily Perkins-Margolin*, Moti Margolin*, Ayesha Ngaujah*, Terrell Wheeler* *Co-Creators

The Assembly is: Stephen Aubrey, Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Nick Benacerraf, Jess Chayes, Emily Perkins-Margolin, and Ariela Rotenberg

Inspired by Great Expectations, Charles Dickensís classic novel about coming of age in a profoundly class-conscious society, That Poor Dream draws on the companyís own complex relationship to class identity and economic disparity in American society to exploring how class defines and divides us, and how our shared humanity might bring us closer together.

Set entirely on a MetroNorth train traveling from New York City to Fairfield, Connecticut (the hometown of playwright Stephen Aubrey), The Assembly's new play attempts to unite many worlds--those divided by class, geography, time, and privilege--into a moving mosaic of what it means, and what it once meant, to have great expectations thrust upon you.

THE ASSEMBLY THEATER PROJECT is a collective of multi-disciplinary performance artists committed to realizing a visceral and intelligent theater for a new generation. Assembly members unite varied interests in service of unabashedly theatrical and rigorously researched ensemble-driven performances that address and reflect the complexities of our changing world. Developing text, movement and environment side-by-side within the rehearsal room, the company embraces collaboration as the core of the creative process. Above all, we are dedicated to rooting our artists, audiences, and colleagues in a profound sense of community. The Assembly's most recent work, HOME/SICK, was presented at The Collapsable Hole in 2011, and at The Living Theater in 2012 as part of the undergroundzero Festival, before being invited back to the Living for a full run. HOME/SICK was a New York Times Critics' Pick.

That Poor Dream received funding for its development in 2013 from the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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