Department of Dreams

Bonjour Citygaragistes,

We’re very excited to bring you the next episode of “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theater and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests.” This week Steven talks with two of our favorites playwrights, whose work we’ve done just recently: Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj, whose “Department of Dreams” we premiered at City Garage last fall, and Roland Schimmelpfenig, one of Germany (and Europe’s) most prominent playwrights, whose “Winter Solstice” we did in 2018. We hope you’ll enjoy Steven’s talk with them. Here is the link: (and if you missed earlier episodes, you can catch up on this page).

In honor of having Jeton with us again this week, as our City Garage classic we’re reprising “Department of Dreams.” In case you weren’t able to see it in the theatre with us (or missed its first streaming, a few months ago) this is your chance again! Here is a little bit about it from the original press release:

“In this nightmarish, Orwellian comedy an autocratic government demands its citizens deposit their dreams in a central bureaucratic depository so that it can exert the fullest possible control of their imaginations. In this vast, underground complex, civil servants like Dan, a new hire for the prized job of Interpreter, sift patiently through the nation’s dreams looking for threats to the government’s authority. If order is to be maintained, deviance must be extinguished and imagination co-opted. Dan works hard and tries stubbornly to survive in this strange dream world but finds nothing is as it seems except the authority that rules it.”

And here’s what the critics had to say:

“The premiere represents a coup for City Garage’s founders, artistic director Frédérique Michel and producing director Charles A. Duncombe, whose company has been presenting edgy theater for more than 30 years. Michel, who also directs, and Duncombe, whose typically stunning production design is a highlight, do full service to Neziraj’s savagely topical, darkly funny piece….Michel’s staging, combined with Duncombe’s animated projections — a sort of Dadaesque Betty Boop — complete Neziraj’s Orwellian portrait of a mad world in which all individuality is suppressed….This is not an easy play. It’s difficult to understand, at times incomprehensible. But it is important work by a world-class playwright who challenges our complacency at every twist and turn.”

CRITIC’S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times

Contains nudity

It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, December 4th, through noon on Friday, December 11th.

It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page:

Merci to our wonderful donors of this week, including “Giving Tuesday” (so far!)

Berta Finkelstein and Bill Claiborn
David Tillman
Ann Bronston
Jaime Arze
Mary Marlow
Steve Najarro
Bill Moynihan
Nancy Sinatra
Michael Shore
Dana Lubin
Trey Nicols

Merci, stay safe, and wear a mask,



John Logan; photo: Paul Rubenstein; background image by Gaston Vinas
John Logan; photo: Paul Rubenstein; background image by Gaston Vinas