I DREAM BEFORE I TAKE THE STAND

A defense lawyer cross-examines a woman during her testimony in a sexual assault case -- and in doing so, horribly distorts her perfectly innocent walk in the park. Published by Playscripts.com
"A feminist classic." --The List (Edinburgh)
"...a riveting piece of theatre. The writing is pithy and fierce." --New Jersey Independent
"...David Mamet overtones, but far...
A defense lawyer cross-examines a woman during her testimony in a sexual assault case -- and in doing so, horribly distorts her perfectly innocent walk in the park. Published by Playscripts.com
"A feminist classic." --The List (Edinburgh)
"...a riveting piece of theatre. The writing is pithy and fierce." --New Jersey Independent
"...David Mamet overtones, but far more sympathy for the female victim enduring a nightmare quizzing than Mamet ever musters." --New York Newsday
"Provocative…" --Off-Off-Broadway Review
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I DREAM BEFORE I TAKE THE STAND

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  • Eric Pfeffinger:
    1 Oct. 2018
    I first saw this play years ago; it's the kind of subject you'd hope would go out of date but regrettably it feels as electric and relevant as ever. This is the kind of thing theater's supposed to do: translate an idea into concrete, grounded drama with such immediacy that even audiences who think they already agree with the premise are discomfited and enlightened by the experience. Tight and relentless and necessary.
  • Caitlyn Manfre:
    1 Oct. 2018
    Though written in the 90s this is still so relevant. Just enough information was held back to make this story clear and applicable to a range of sexual crimes while giving actors and directors a chance to play.
  • Sharai Bohannon:
    5 May. 2018
    This play is important and necessary. Hutton has written a one-act that addresses rape culture directly by showing how survivors are treated for coming forward. Watching HE turn HER words against her and rewrite the narrative to shift blame from the man who attacked her is gut wrenching and so sadly familiar. Hopefully, this play will continue being recognized and produced.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Alice's Fourth Floor
    ,
    1994

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. U.K., directed by Katie Henry
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Ensemble Studio Theatre (reading)
    ,
    2013
  • Professional
    ,
    Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC. Presented by The Journey Company
    ,
    1998
  • Professional
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    Philadelphia Fringe Festival, presented by The Journey Company
    ,
    1998
  • Professional
    ,
    New York International Fringe Festival
    ,
    1997
  • Professional
    ,
    Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    ,
    1995