Slated to kick off its 2018 "Stage 2" Series, Shadowbox Live will produce "Dream," a conceptual theater experience celebrating the societal revolution that was the American Civil Rights Era. Anchored by the famous, "I Have a Dream" speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the production will essentially tell the story of the struggle to bring issues of social justice- racism, sexism, LGBTQ rights, class warfare- to the mainstream, all through the medium of live performance. Audiences for "Dream" will witness a show that will constantly expand and contract in scale. Simple moment of poetry and spoken work will be woven around powerful vignettes and dance-theater pieces that resurrect pivital moments of the movement. And with its stable of seasoned musicians and arrangers, Shadowbox Live will produce a genre-spanning collage of music that speaks to the themes of protest, revolution, justice, and peace. Shadowbox Live's producers are hoping that "Dream" will respond to the tensions and unsteadiness of our own time, by reminding its audiences that struggle, dissent and the courage to persist and resist are the forces that change the world.
A community launch event for "Dream" will take place at an off-site location to be determined. The "meta-media" expanded production will open on Thursday, February 1 and will continue on the Shadowbox Live stage on Sundays through May 20.