Wednesday, April 27, 2011

VIDEO: Ismene Day Nine

Inside the school!!!

VIDEO: Ismene Day Eight

Chorus and the origin of Te!

VIDEO: Ismene Day Seven

Why we're doing it...

VIDEO: Ismene Day Six

VIDEO: Ismene Day Five

The Marketing Materials arrive.

VIDEO: Ismene Day Four

Meet Philomena!

VIDEO: Ismene Day Three

Pink set.

VIDEO: Ismene Day Two

Comic book questions...

VIDEO: Ismene Day One

As part of The Ismene Project, Jeremy Menekseoglu promised to make a video a day until we open...Scary!

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Ismene Project - Newly Redesigned Website Now Up!

The Ismene Project now has a newly-redesigned website up and running. If you're interested in watching how seven different cities are preparing for the simultaneous production of this one play, check them out at

Also, take a look at our counterparts in Las Vegas: the production art is amazing! Created for the Las Vegas production by SpentPencils Artwork.

Note the stark contrast between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles, Toronto, and St. John's productions, too.

It's amazing to see such seemingly different productions take shape. Wish we could see them all...

Friday, April 22, 2011

VIDEO: The Ismene Interview

Scott Stantis of WGN radio talks again with the company, this time about "Ismene" and the Ismene Project.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Anna - friends in the hundred-akre-wood

Piglet & Roo are friends!
This past week has been quite eventful. As we wrap up The Grisly/Glorious Adventure of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Billy Moon the tears start to fall. I find it very difficult to say goodbye to our creatures we have been friends with for so long now. Christopher Robin's raincoat is wetter from the rain and the tears, Winnie-the-Pooh has dirty little feet, Eeyore's neck aches a little from flipping his ears out of his eyes so many times, Owl's wings are a bit frayed, Roo's bounce is higher and lighter than ever, Rabbit is even crankier at all the rain in the hundred aker wood as well as the real Chicago-akre-wood, Kanga's hands are a bit worn from wringing from worry, Tigger has all but bounced himself into a nap and poor little Piglet doesn't want to be left alone. They would all love to meet you. See them before they go on a shelf and their wonderful and talented voices fade into new characters in new plays or leave us for other adventures in the Portland-akre-wood. It is certainly bittersweet for me, especially because of all the wonderful friends we have made along the way. However, I have found that my own personal connection to my childhood imagination has rekindled all kinds of new possibilities and personal and artistic growth which in turn has also made me better able to connect with new people and make new friends as well as understand the depth of the meaning of the friends I already have. I could never ask for anything better than that.

Forever and ever until we're a hundred years old I want to sincerely thank AUDIENCE and Jeremy, Rachel, Annelise, Mishelle, Chad, Alicia, Kristi, Giau, Laura and Bil and everyone else in the Dream Theatre-akre-wood for all the love and support and friendship on this beautiful journey to our childhood imaginations. 

If you still haven't seen the show, I promise you, if you come this weekend, you will rekindle your own relationship with your own childhood imagination, and it feels wonderful!

love, anna (Pooh bear)

Bil - Thank You, Audience!

"The Grisly/Glorious Adventure of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Billy Moon" wraps up this weekend - Sunday is the final performance.

I would like to take this time to once again state how much I personally love the show. It's sweet and moving and funny and heartbreaking and it's about as much fun as a person can have watching grown-ups play with dolls.

 As a company member, I have to remark how unusual this show is in terms of audience reaction.  There's been much more of it than ever before -- or, at least, more that we're aware of out there on the internets & social medias*.  Big thank-you to everyone who has not only come to see the show, but who told some friends about it!  You're the best.

We love our audiences.  They give us the warm fuzzies.

Speaking of warm fuzzies, we finally got our Foursquare venue verified (took forever), so that means now we can offer awesome stuff to Foursquare users!  Check it out and check in, kids.  (Secret menu item: check in this weekend and get your ticket at the door for only $15!  You are now inside the circle of trust...)

Also, if you haven't seen it, here's a little something to make you laugh before the show: Psychological disorders personified by Winnie-the-Pooh characters.

In truth, we really are super, super appreciative of everybody who comes to see our plays, and our audiences for this particular play have made it very special for a lot of people.  We hope you'll come again and again!


This had to be one of the happiest surprises in my theater going life. It sounds so hack kneed but I laughed and I cried and I was totally charmed by this production. The cast was amazing. The writing soared and was true to the spirit of the original source. I am coming back and dragging as many friends as I can. great work.

Excellent show last night... even better than a pot of honey! This was our second production we've attended at DTC - we also saw "Devilish Children" late in 2010. Looking very forward to the next one! Congrats on such a great way to spend a Saturday night.

I love theater that does more than just wash over me like a sitcom, I like being taken into a world that reminds how beautiful and fragile the world can be. There's a gem of play at Dream Theater right now, go see it!

What a beautifully written and performed show. I may just have to catch ANOTHER show before there are no shows left to catch! Ya'll best be attendin'.

Originality and creativity meet at the crossroads of masterful writing and performance!! The Dream Theater is the theater of your dreams! Performance after performance, production after production, season after season... Dream Theater is consistently brilliant!!

The show was awesome in so many ways. I know people always say, "I laughed and I cried." But I really, really did. It brought back so many memories for me. I am a huge fan of Pooh and all of those other characters from the hundred acre woods :) My daughter loved the play and the food too. lol

This is seriously dramatic and heartfelt story that didn't hold back and neither did the actors...especially the real Christopher Robin! I will definitely be bringing others to check it out.

5.0 stars Written on Apr 05 2011
Yet another outstanding production from Dream Theatre. Catch this one before it closes, it is excellent.

Made it this far?  Great.  Please be aware, "Ismene" is just around the corner.  You can get in on the action early here, and take special note of these dates:
  • May 11th opening special is $8.00 for first 20 people, password is: fight
  • May 12th is our Theater Thursday benefit for Y-ME 
  • May 13th opening special is $10.00 for first 15 people, password is: fight