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nature of the dream

February 28 - March 7

nature of the dream is a devised film directed by Miriam Randolph and produced by Two Steps to the Left productions with production assistance from The Playhouse. It explores Black identity in Iowa based on testimonies and personal stories explored by the cast and crew. The film will debut at 7:00 PM, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. You may view the film multiple times until midnight, Sunday, Mar. 7, 2021, however the link you receive upon purchase is limited to one device.

Devised theatre is a freeform style in which all members of the creative group work collectively and collaboratively, to design a performance completely from scratch. There is no script involved prior to the devising process, but rather the script gets written along the way. Due to COVID-19, Miriam and her team brought this approach to film rather than theatre. The title nature of the dream is a double entendre of sorts, referring to both how the American dream applies, or does not apply, to Black citizens in America and also to personal dreams that Black Americans have. Using the latter helped form a narrative explanation of how each ensemble member would be able to portray multiple characters in the film.

Immediately following the film’s premiere, there will be a live conversation with the creators on The Playhouse’s Facebook page. You do not have to have a Facebook account to view this conversation, nor do you have to purchase the film to view this conversation. The conversation will be recorded and posted on The Playhouse’s website and YouTube channel for future viewing.

In order to make nature of the dream as accessible as possible, buyers can choose from a variety of ticket prices ranging from $5 to $100. The full ticket price will be given to Urban Dreams and the artists creating this film. Our ticketing system also provides an opportunity to make a separate donation to The Playhouse.


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