Dream House

FULL LENGTH - Life has been relatively easy for West, a 27 year old RISD graduate, who has just spent the past seven years of his life working as a customer service rep at an online banking company, that is until a collapse at work and subsequent diagnosis puts an expiration date on West’s life. Shocked by the news, West quits his job and moves back to semi-rural North Hampton, Massachusetts, back to his...
FULL LENGTH - Life has been relatively easy for West, a 27 year old RISD graduate, who has just spent the past seven years of his life working as a customer service rep at an online banking company, that is until a collapse at work and subsequent diagnosis puts an expiration date on West’s life. Shocked by the news, West quits his job and moves back to semi-rural North Hampton, Massachusetts, back to his estranged mother’s home. West enlists the help of his childhood, stoner-chick, friend Sammy, and sets out to build the tree house of his dreams, the one he started with his missing father, the first project in a slew of unfinished projects before time runs out. Excited about her son’s return, but struck with deep financial debt, Elyse, West’s mother, seeks guidance from her hippie Rabbi sister Diane, as they try to unearth the mystery behind West’s behavior, hoping he could bring the relief she needs. But when West’s symptoms grow too severe and expose his secret, he must not only face his devastated mother, but her secrets as well.
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Dream House

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  • Kevin Cirone:
    1 Jun. 2017
    Poignant trip into the mind of someone struggling with his life's purpose and the things that have gotten in the way. Participated as part of New Repertory Theatre's Next Voices program and would love to see it get on its feet in the future.
  • Bridget O'Leary:
    16 Aug. 2016
    This play was developed as part of New Repertory Theatre's Next Voices program. It is a beautiful, complex look at the pursuit of happiness and the things that get in the way from us being who we want to be. The play is both heart breaking and very funny. I love the use of the "greek chorus" throughout the play. Cassie is a terrific writer who investigates inner demons, fear and identity. This play encompasses all of those things.

Character Information

  • West
    27,
    Jewish, Probably White
    ,
    Male
    Studied design but got cozy in a day job, on the quiet side, introspective, good looking but maybe not aware of it. He should be in his physical peek. When WEST says nothing he says a lot in the nothing.
  • Elyse
    50s,
    White, Jewish
    ,
    Female
    WEST's mom. She's overbearing, knows it, but denies it. Holds a secret too big for her which can make her a bit dizzy
  • Diane
    40s-50s,
    Jewish, White
    Elyse's younger sister, and West's "Aunt Diane." A hip Lesbian renewal Rabbi. A bit of a meddler.
  • Sammy
    27,
    non-specific, ethnically ambiguous
    ,
    Female
    West's best and oldest friend, a stoner, joker, looking for more but you'd never know it. Should be ethnically ambiguous.
  • Doctor/Joe
    30s-40s,
    Probably White
    ,
    Male
    DOCTOR: Thinks he has a good sense of humor despite the bleak news he often has to give.
    JOE: West's father. He carries himself with the spirit of a sprite twenty something, he's excited by life, but also distracted. He appears as West would remember him. He's a woodsy hippy type.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Nora Theatre Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Sanctuary Playwrights Theatre
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Interim Writers Accomplice Writers' Group
    ,
    2014

Awards

Finalist
,
The Dr. R.J. Rodriguez Emerging Playwrights Contest
,
Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
Summer Playwrights Festival 7
,
The Road Theatre
,
2017
Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship
,
Mass Cultural Council
,
2017