Perchance to Dream

TWENTY-MINUTE PLAY. Alcy is struggling with sleep paralysis and nightmares. The strange thing is that her sister, Seph, seems to be experiencing the nightmares along with her. As the sisters navigate a landscape of night terrors and shadow people, Alcy unravels the secret that brought them together and the truth that might tear them apart.
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Perchance to Dream

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  • Ky Weeks:
    19 Feb. 2021
    Strayer's writing turns and spirals, guiding us along through the story's many twists, like the words are guiding us down a path of horrors where the only path is deeper in. Terrific and horrifying.
  • Jordan Elizabeth Henry:
    22 Jan. 2021
    absolutely chilling. absolutely gut-wrenching. Strayer has created something here that feels like nightmare and embodies terror and panic. beautiful and brutal in its intensity, honesty, and theatricality.

Character Information

  • Alcy
    16+,
    Any
    ,
    Female / Female Identifying
    Seph's sister. Alcy could be the same age as Seph (a twin) or older than Seph.
  • Seph
    12+,
    Any
    ,
    Female / Female Identifying
    Alcy's sister. Seph could be the same age as Alcy (a twin) or younger than Alcy. Feel free to create as vast an age difference as you would like between the two women. Seph is not bound by literal time the way Alcy is.
  • Doctor
    Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender
    The Doctor is a nightmare interpretation of a literal person or persons and can be as realistic or fantastical as the production demands.
  • Shadow Man
    Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    The Shadow Man represents a male relative of the two sisters. He is part nightmare, part memory, and can be as realistic or fantastical as the production demands.
  • Shadow People (2 or more)
    Any age,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender
    The Shadow People are a constant threat to Alcy and Seph, always lurking in the shadows, waiting to strike. They can take any form the production demands.